Black Matters contributes into paying the tribute to the victims of the Charleston Massacre.
Once again on June 18, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, became the assembly point for the mourners. At about 2 p. m., people have gathered not far from the church to commemorate 9 black victims shot and killed by white supremacist, Dylann Roof, to express their disapproval of racism and demand peace and safety for themselves and the community.
The participants of the rally organized by Black Matters were addressed by many speakers, including the wife of Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, who was the senior pastor of the church, and the daughter of another pastor, Daniel Simmons.
The event struck a chord not only with Charleston residents, but also with common onlookers, who stopped their cars to take photos and sign the rally petition.
We share the grief of local community and promise to continue addressing the urgent issues of racism and domestic terrorism.