Civil rights icon Lowery celebrates 90th birthday

I am so glad that Rev. Lowery is alive to hear the kind words being spoken about him. He has lived through a lot and he is still fighting for justice. I know this was a star studded event to celebrate his 90th birthday.

The Rev. Joseph Lowery was one of the first believers that a black senator from Illinois could become president, and Barack Obama was among those adding his thanks to the civil rights icon Sunday night during a tribute to the 90-year-old's legacy.

Lowery, whose birthday was Thursday, was praised for his continued fight against hunger, poverty, racism and injustice. He has lived to see an end to segregation and the rise of the nation's first black president, and says there is still work for him to do on issues of social justice and equality.

In a brief video tribute for the hundreds in attendance, Obama thanked Lowery for his friendship and counsel.

"I don't know where I'd be without your support and advice," Obama said. "I don't know where this country would be without your leadership."

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