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In May 1970, the Rev. Joseph Lowery (striped tie) and Coretta Scott King (with handbag) lock arms with UAW president Leonard Woodcock as they lead several thousand marchers past the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta. Photo: AP Photo

Rev. Joseph Lowery fought to end segregation, and lived to see the election of the United States' first black president, AP writes.

The big picture: Lowery was born in Huntsville, Ala., in 1921. He helped coordinate the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott and co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, leading the organization for 20 years as president.

Lowery, 98, died Friday at home in Atlanta, surrounded by family, from natural causes unrelated to the novel coronavirus.

  • "We ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get in back; when brown can stick around; when yellow will be mellow; when the red man can get ahead, man; and when white will embrace what is right," Lowery prayed at President Obama's inaugural benediction in 2009.

Background:

  • For more than four decades after the death of his friend, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., the fiery Alabama preacher was on the front line of the battle for equality.
  • In the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Lowery led the delegation that delivered stipulations to segregationist Gov. George Wallace. That confrontation spurred the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

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Why it matters: A pricetag of $500-555 billion is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. It also isn't far off from the roughly $600 billion proposed when the bill was expected to cost $3.5 trillion.

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The Biden administration has asked its partners in the Gulf and elsewhere to press the Sudanese generals who carried out a coup on Monday to release captives including Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and to reinstate the civilian government, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The U.S. has limited influence over coup leader Gen. Abdul Fattah al-Burhan and other military leaders, many of whom have close ties to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Higher prices are the new norm, with no end in sight

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Why it matters: In order to keeping that corporate profitability streak going, shoppers should expect sticker prices to stay high or become more expensive well into 2022. Fewer promotions and shallower discounts will also become the norm as inventory levels remain low.