September 18, 2018

Mother Emanuel Tragedy: Where Do We Go from Here?

Tommy Preston, Jr.

On the evening of June 17, 2015, Mother Emanuel African AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, held its regular Wednesday night Bible study. One of the largest and oldest black congregations in the South, the church's roots reach back to 1816. During the Bible study, a young, white male, Dylann Roof, participates in the ceremony for more than an hour before pulling out a handgun and killing nine parishioners. Victims included State Senator and Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Reverend Sharonda Singleton, retired Pastor Dr. Daniel Simmons, Reverend DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Ethel Lance, Cynthia Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Myra Thompson, and Tywanza Sanders.

Premium Content For:
  • Current ABA Member
Join - Now