Project 21 member David L. Lowery, Jr. is co-pastor at Fernwood Community Outreach Church in Chicago, where civil rights legend Rev. Dr. Albert “Al” Sampson is lead pastor.
David is the founder and president of the Living & Driving While Black Foundation, Inc., a national civil rights organization advocating against racial profiling. The group also promotes economic opportunities for ex-offenders, disadvantaged youth and indigent individuals across the nation.
David is an experienced speaker on the national stage, and the Foundation is often sought out by various civic and social services agencies to assist in finding ways to alleviate social, economic and legal barriers for minorities. He is dedicated to helping people through the transfer of knowledge that uplifts and empowers them to positive civic actions.
He is a past president of the Rock Island, Illinois chapter of the NAACP, and was a national crisis director for the National Action Network.
David is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Additionally, he has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois. He has an extensive background in contracting and procurement, and holds a certificate of completion from the Army’s Logistics Management Center – Defense Small Purchase program. He is a former union ironworker and also operated a successful computer sales and technology business.
Born in Mississippi, David grew up and still lives in Chicago, Illinois.