April 10, 2008

Leading Civil Rights Activist Receives
Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship Award

The Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery

The Reverend Dr. Joseph Lowery, former president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, presented the 14th annual Robert O. Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship Lecture on April 20, outlining the history and future of the Civil Rights Movement and its importance to America.

A video of the event, held at SMU, is available online. It has been divided into three parts because of the its length.

The Cooper Peace and Justice Fellowship was established in 1992 in recognition of the faithful service of former SMU Associate Chaplain Robert Cooper on behalf of issues of peace and justice. The Cooper Fellowship is sponsored by the SMU Office of the Chaplain, in collaboration with the Human Rights Program, the Ethnic Studies Program and the Dallas Peace Center.

Considered the dean of the Civil Rights Movement, Lowery played a major role in many of the pivotal civil rights struggles dating back to the 1950s. He has received numerous awards, including an NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award, the Martin Luther King Center Peace Award and the National Urban League's Whitney M. Young, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. Read more about him.

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