Joseph E. Lowery is named president of the SCLC.
1977 (Mar 2)
Joseph E. Lowery, chairman of the board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), was named acting president of the civil rights organization. He succeeded the Reverend Ralph David Abernathy, who resigned to run for a congressional seat in Georgia's fifth district. Lowery was appointed to serve until the SCLC convention in August, when he or some other person would be confirmed as permanent president.