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Monday, February 1, 2010 - 4:14am

Civil Rights Icon Lowery In Hospital

Joseph Lowery landed in the hospital over the weekend.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the veteran civil rights leader is being treated for respiratory problems, but is said to be doing better and expected to be released today.

A Lowery-friend told the paper the 88-year-old was admitted to Emory University Hospital in midtown Atlanta Saturday and placed in intensive care as a precaution.

Lowery was a co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and served as its president from 1977 to 1997.

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