A rally in loving memory of the Charleston Church Massacre victims, nine people shot by a racist gunman during a prayer service.
June 17 will mark a one-year anniversary of the Charleston Church shooting when 9 people were killed by 21-year-old Dylann Roof, a mass shooter hoping to ignite a race war.
Among those killed was the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney. It was him who protected his community. He was a peacemaker, advocating for legislation to make police wear body cameras, he was called a man of character and he was a remarkable human being. All of those people who died that day were someone’s mothers, sisters, sons, relatives and didn’t deserve to die that brutal way.
The mass murderer was caught and the justice is being served but it doesn’t change the fact that we lost those good people. Black Matters will honor the memory of the victims on June 18th. We’re planning to lay flowers and light candles near the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Then we’ll march around the neighborhood where Lord accepted his 9 martyrs.