Rev. Joseph Lowery to celebrate 92nd birthday - CBS46 News

Rev. Joseph Lowery to celebrate 92nd birthday

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

On the eve of his 92nd birthday, civil rights icon Rev. Joseph Lowery talked to CBS Atlanta.

It's also the first time we are hearing from him since the recent death of his wife, Evelyn.

Lowery said the kindness of others has lightened the burden of his wife's death.

By phone, he said Sunday's star-studded birthday celebration at Morehouse College, benefiting his institute, is what she would have wanted.

"Oh, she wanted us to carry on, and we are doing it in her name and in her spirit. A wonderful spirit is still with us and always will be, and so many people are coming in honoring her," said Lowery.

Proceeds will help support programs to end youth violence.

Actor Jamie Foxx, media mogul Tyler Perry, along with comedian Steve Harvey, are among those expected to attend. 

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