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Series of events to commemorate third anniversary of Emanuel AME shooting

The front of Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston (Source: Emanuel AME) The front of Emanuel AME church in downtown Charleston (Source: Emanuel AME)

The shooting at Emanuel AME church which killed nine black parishioners will forever be woven into the history of Charleston. This upcoming weekend, a number of events at the church and around the Lowcountry will remember the lives of the victims.

Other events will also call for unity as well as an end to gun violence. Sunday will mark the third anniversary of the shooting itself.

“As the third anniversary of the tragedy approaches, several organizations have partnered with the A.M.E. Church of South Carolina, the Mother Emanuel AME Church and the city of Charleston to provide opportunities for citizens to engage in meaningful dialogue about unity among all races,” Mother Emanuel pastor Rev. Eric Manning said. 

The following events will take place at the church at 110 Calhoun Street

June 17, 9:30 a.m. – Worship Service: A special service in remembrance of the Emanuel 9 and recognition of the five survivors will be held with guest preacher Reverend Matthew L. Watley, Executive Pastor of the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Md.

June 20, 6 p.m. – Community Bible Study: Bible study will be facilitated by Reverend Eric Manning and Reverend Anthony Thompson, husband of Myra Thompson – one of the Emanuel 9. The Praise and Worship Team from Seacoast Church will join in an evening of worship and remembrance.

June 21, 8:30 4 p.m. - Calling All Colors: Local middle school students will convene for interactive sessions addressing issues of tolerance, respect, inclusion and unity with community leaders, educators, elected officials and artists.

June 23,  9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.- Rally for Unity at Marion Square: The Rally for Unity is a call to action to the public to end gun violence and achieve racial reconciliation. Entertainment includes Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Joan Baez and local violinist Daniel D., among others. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here: Emanuel 9 Rally for UNITY. Participants can register by visiting this website.

June 24, 4:30 p.m. – Morning Grace Gospel Finale: With the theme, “We Survive,” the gospel finale will honor the Emanuel 9, along with survivors, families and church members. Performers include the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church Choir, harpist Holly Avesian, Carl Bright and Family, June Dupree, liturgical dancer Stephen Polite, Mario Desaussure, Crystal Brown, Mike Brown and FOCUS, among others.

Events sponsored by other organizations in Charleston

June 1-30 – A Moment of Silence at the John L. Dart Library to honor the life of librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the Emanuel 9, visitors can write a note of gratitude for display. The first 100 children will receive a free book provided by the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation.

June 16 -30 – The Life and Legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd at the Charleston County Public Library lobby, 68 Calhoun Street:

Visitors can view a photo display documenting librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd’s 31-year career with the Charleston County Public Library and the community. Selected materials on Mother Emanuel AME Church and the Emanuel 9 will also be on display. 

June 18-23 – Acts of Kindness at the Cynthia Graham Hurd St. Andrews Library, 1735 Woodmere Drive:

In honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd, library visitors can participate in a variety of ways, including: decorating kindness rocks, writing kind notes, donating non-perishable food for the Lowcountry Food Bank and pledging to read.  

June 21 – 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. – 2nd Annual Charleston Forum at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street:

The Charleston Forum is a community project that strives to provide a dialogue that moves the conversation forward, with no pre-set agenda but with a common purpose. This year’s Forum promises to continue the conversation, with more voices joining the collective movement to push beyond Charleston’s racially tangled history to a more unified tomorrow. 

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