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Published on May 15th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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SC Human Affairs Commission hosts “Mother Emanuel Nine Remembrance Day”

In recent generations, incidents have occurred that are seared in our collective memory.  The assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Presidential candidate Robert Kennedy, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and 9/11 are events that people across the country remember where they were and what they were doing when the news broke.  It happened again on June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina when we learned about the horrific shooting during a prayer service at Mother Emanuel AME Church.  How can we ever forget that night?

In the aftermath of the incident, the SC General Assembly passed a Concurrent Resolution declaring June 17th as “Mother Emanuel Nine Day.” As a result, the SC Human Affairs Commission will host the “Mother Emanuel Nine Remembrance Day” each year on June 1st in Columbia to reflect on the progress made in improving race relations and economic equality for minorities.

Allen University, an institution affiliated with the AME church, lost three alumni (Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Reverend Daniel Simmons, and Tywanza Sanders) from this massacre and will share brief supplications. The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary also bereaved by the loss of two of their esteemed alumni (Reverend Pinckney and Reverend Simmons) will offer prayers for peace.

As the State reminisces on the tragedy that took place in Charleston, we find the task of eradicating racism challenging, but must remain undeterred. We hope that you will join us and return to your community with a renewed sense of why we should all be working to improve race relations and ensure economic opportunity for all South Carolinians.

The public is cordially invited to join us at 11:00 AM on June 1st in the historic Chappelle Auditorium on the campus of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina.

 

We urge you to support this event.

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