Joseph Lowery Dies – level 3
Civil rights leader Joseph Lowery died last Friday at age 98.
He was known for being a friend to Martin Luther King, Jr. He also led the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, a religious group that protests peacefully for civil rights for African Americans. Its first president was Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lowery fought segregation and lived to see the US’s first African American president, Barack Obama. He gave the benediction at Obama’s inauguration. He said that he hoped that all people of all races could be happy. Obama said that Lowery was an original and important civil rights leader.
Difficult words: segregation (when a government separates people of different races), benediction (a prayer), inauguration (a formal meeting at the start of a job).
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