King’s daughter, Bernice King, was among those who wrote about the leader. “I’m grateful for a life well-lived and for its influence on mine. I’ll miss you, Uncle Joe,” she tweeted. The Atlanta-based King Center also shared a video of Lowery speaking at the funeral of King’s wife, Coretta Scott King.
The 19th editor-at-large Errin Haines called Lowery a “good and faithful servant,” and praised the leader for his work. “No one has earned their rest more,” she wrote. “Atlanta has lost its lion.” CNN commentator Keith Boykin also noted Lowery’s passing in a tweet.
The Breakdown podcast host Shaun King wrote that Lowery’s humanity was part of what made him a great civil rights leader. “It’s true that we lost a legend, in Rev. Joseph Lowery, tonight. But to me, of the many things that made him so very special, what stands out was his relatability,” he tweeted. “He was so down to earth, accessible, human, funny.He was also SUPER witty and sharp.”
Former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wrote: “With the passing of Rev. Joseph Lowery, the world lost a spiritual leader – a sage who understood that politics did not stand separate from who we are but told the story of who we are willing to be. May God’s face smile upon his newest angel, peace to his beloveds. #JosephLowery.”
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