Illness cancels Lowery's Augusta appearance

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver will take his place at Tuesday event
Rev. Joseph Lowery

Civil rights leader the Rev. Joseph Lowery is ill and will not be speaking in Augusta on Tuesday night, the Progressive Religious Coalition of Augusta announced Monday.

U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver will take his place as the keynote speaker at Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters, an annual interfaith event in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

Cleaver, a congressman from Missouri’s Fifth District, is a United Methodist pastor and chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.

He will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way.

Other than the change in speakers, the service will still go on as planned, said Andy Reese, ministry associate at Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta and a member of the coalition.

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