On Monday, September 28, 2015 I was there to witness the dedication of a mural honoring Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery. It was truly a moving tribute. Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery loved his wife and you could see it in his eyes. His children and family that surrounded him were evidence of who Mrs. Lowery was. She was a first class lady who was a leader and giant of her time. She not only led in the struggle but she also led at home. Dr. Lowery said of his wife that according to her, her greatest accomplishment was raising her three daughters. Raise them she did. They are all outstanding women who reflect their parents and especially the grace and class of their mother.
As I witnessed the dedication of the mural I wondered if those who walked, rode and drove along Auburn Avenue will take time to remember? Will they stop and read what is on the mural and Google Mrs. Lowery? Will they take time to remember her? I sure hope so because she is worthy of being remembered. While we remember we should not that she yet lives through the continued work of the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute. She also lives in each of us as we continue to struggle for freedom justice and equality.
What I saw was a beautiful moment that I hope we don’t let slip by. What do I mean? As I saw the Lowery family remember I asked myself who in my family do I need to make sure we remember? What murals should be in our family photo albums that make sure that we don’t forget our ancestors? The women and men whose blood runs through our veins, those who who fought for us to enjoy the life we live today? Whose name do you need to call? When you call the name of an ancestor they yet live! Who are you going to resurrect today?