Cheryl Lawry, Black Excellence
Cheryl Lowery is Executive Director of the Joseph & Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rights. A product of the 5th district and Atlanta Public Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, Cheryl graduated from the University of Maryland, with a B.S. in Business Management and concentration in Marketing. Cheryl is a servant leader. She is also a proud and active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated. The Atlanta Business League has recognized her in their “100 Most Influential Women of Atlanta”.
At the Lowery Institute, Cheryl and her incredible team connect high-achieving undergraduate and graduate students with elementary, middle and high school students in Atlanta’s historic Westside community. These Change Agents, from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, Agnes Scott College, and Candler School of Theology, focus on principles of non-violence of the Institute coupled with conflict management, alternative dispute resolution and peer mediation training. CA’s encourage the younger students through daily interactions to de-escalate potential conflict. The curriculum is structured to reinforce topics including: respect/disrespect, use of violence, anger management, emotional intelligence, positive relationships, trust building, discipline, active listening, friendship, acknowledgment, teamwork and problem-solving. Change Agents also manage Mimi’s Pantry, a campus pantry which currently serves 100 full-time students from the AUC weekly who do not have full meal plans. Translating the legacies of Joseph and Evelyn Lowery to a new generation is a full time calling. Cheryl loves traveling across the United States and abroad in her free time.