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Friday, September 20, 2013 - 3:01am

Evelyn Lowery Hospitalized After Stroke

The wife of civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has been hospitalized after relatives say she suffered a stroke.

The family said in a statement that Evelyn Lowery was hospitalized late Wednesday and was in critical condition.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports ( that the Lowery family's statement requested prayers. It said that Joseph Lowery was by his wife's side at an undisclosed hospital.

Evelyn Lowery founded SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. in 1979. The group works to empower women, girls and families as they relate to human rights, social action, economic self-sufficiency, reduction of health disparities, and leadership to build strong families and communities.