COLUMBIA, SC– The South Carolina Human Affairs Commission will commemorate the Mother Emanuel Nine Day Remembrance on June 4, 2019, to honor the victims of one of the most horrific tragedies in our State’s history. This observance of the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME Church provides an opportunity for both action and reconciliation for the State.
Keynote speaker will be The Right Reverend Samuel L. Greene, Sr., Presiding Prelate Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. The event is presented by Allen University, the University of South Carolina based South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation, and the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
DATE: June 4, 2019
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Chappelle Auditorium on the campus of Allen University
1530 Harden St, Columbia, SC 29204
Allen University will share a brief litany. Allen University, an institution affiliated with the AME church, lost three alumni, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, Reverend Daniel Simmons and Tywanza Sanders, from this massacre. The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) will offer prayers for peace. LTSS also bereaved by the loss of two of their esteemed alumni, Reverend Pinckney and Reverend Simmons. The University of South Carolina (UofSC) lost one alumni Cynthia Hurd and the UofSC Chief Diversity Officer will present the first annual Emanuel Lives commemorative award.
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 on June 4th, and return to your home or workplace with a renewed sense of why we should all be working to improve race relations and ensure economic opportunity for all South Carolinians.
This event is free and open to the public.