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Monday, February 15, 2010 - 4:56am

Civil Rights Icon Leaves Hospital

The Reverand Joseph Lowery has been released from an Atlanta hospital. A spokesman for Emory University says the civil rights icon was released Saturday night.

The 88-year-old was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago with a blood clot in his lung.

Lowery stood with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during the civil rights movement and offered the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration last year.

Lowery received the Presidential Medal of Freedom several months later. He co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference along with King and was the group's president for two decades.

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