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Barack Obama pays tribute to Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader dead at 98

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Joseph Lowery, civil rights pioneer, dead at 98

Barack Obama has paid tribute to the civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, calling the charismatic preacher “a giant who changed the face of America”.

Lowery died on Friday at the age of 98, his family said, after a lifelong fight against racial discrimination that saw him stand alongside Rev Martin Luther King Jr and other prominent civil rights figures throughout the 1960s.

“He carried the baton longer and surer than almost anybody,” Obama said in a statement posted to Twitter. “It falls to the rest of us now to pick it up and never stop moving forward until we finish what he started – that journey to justice.”

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