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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Rev. Joseph Lowery is turning the big nine-o

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The man whom Jon Stewart has called "the cutest civil rights leader ever" is turning 90. The diminutive Rev. Joseph Lowery is being honored with a birthday celebration that will bring a few big names to Atlanta Symphony Hall on Sunday.

With hosting duties covered by CNN's Soledad O'Brien, the event will feature appearances and performances by Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Holliday, Peabo "Tonight I Celebrate My Love" Bryson and the Morehouse and Spelman glee clubs. Tickets range from $50-100.

If you're wondering where you've seen Lowery, perhaps it was when he delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration — or perhaps it was at some juncture of his 60-year civil rights career, such as when he helped lead the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott or when he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference with his fellow Doc./Rev., Martin Luther King Jr., in 1957.

Anyway, Lowery's actual birthday was Thursday. A card would be nice.

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