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The Rev. Joseph Lowery has died a few months after celebrating his 98th birthday with loved ones.
Lowery made his mark in the 1950s and 1960s as a key civil rights leader at the shoulder of Martin Luther King Jr., before serving the longest tenure in history as the president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
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He once said he missed King and other civil rights activists who had died before him. But he felt that God was keeping him for a single cause: to address the injustices of the criminal justice system, particularly toward poor black men, reported CNN Friday.