Library To Be Named After Civil Rights Leader

Redding's Martin Luther King Junior Center on Sheridan Street has a library that will be renamed for Redding's most notable champion of civil rights. Isaac Lowe, considered by many to be the matriarch of Redding’s black community, passed away December 30th at the age of 94. Lowe grew up in Texas and earned a business degree before moving to Redding in the 40's. Despite her college education she couldn’t get a job in Redding because of her race, so she started her own catering business. She later was hired at a doctor’s office and then worked for the county social services office for 17 years. She and her husband Vernon established the local chapter of the NAACP in 1950. Isaac guided the planning and development of the neighborhood center in 1966 that later became the MLK Center. Isaac started Redding’s Martin Luther King Day celebration in 1983 then fought for the City of Redding to recognize the holiday, which they finally did in 2002. Above all, Isaac Lowe was known as a woman of great compassion who was smart and tenacious enough to solve other people’s problems through peaceful solutions. A ceremony to dedicate the library to Isaac will take place at the MLK Center Friday evening beginning at 5:30PM.