ATLANTA – The 11thAnnual Joseph E. Lowery Lecture Series on Civic Engagement took place on Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at D. M. Therrell School of Law, Government and Public Policy, 3099 Panther Trail, SW, Atlanta, GA 30311. Seniors from all APS schools were invited to hear from civic leaders during this once in a lifetime event.
Among those participating were Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who served as the keynote speaker, Atlanta Board of Education Chair Brenda J. Muhammad, APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis, Jr. and Therrell Principal Esmie Gaynor alongside high school students from several APS schools.
This year’s annual event coincided with the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery’s 90th birthday. Rev. Lowery is one of the nation’s strongest and most consistent advocates for racial justice, human rights and world peace. On January 20, 2009, he delivered the benediction for the inauguration of President Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. In August 2009, Rev. Lowery received the nation’s highest civilian award – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
The most poignant moments of the day came during the question and answer session between Lowery, Reed and students. When speaking about the importance of voting, civil rights and his friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lowery said “Martin represented the soul of a nation.”
Please click on the link above to view photos and hear audio from this stellar event.