Hundreds of people gathered to pay their final respects to Evelyn Lowery, a leader in the civil rights movement for more than 60 years.

Lowery was married to the Rev. Joseph Lowery, sometimes referred to as the “dean of the civil rights movement.” He founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, but Evelyn Lowery quietly built her own legacy. She founded the SCLC Women’s Organizational Movement, which focused on empowering women and girls.

The 88-year-old died last week after suffering a massive stroke.

Everyone went silent as friends and family members helped lead Dr. Lowery into the chapel as the funeral for his wife began. Observers inside the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College watched a tender moment as he touched his wife’s casket and passed by.

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