Friday, June 26, 2015

Last Sunday at Mother Emanuel AME Church

My thanks to a friend who shared this from The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina. It looks as though Charleston may be showing us how to move forward to a better place in the wake of the terrible tragedy they have suffered and which the nation has felt. It was a beautiful demonstration of unity and support during a time of grieving.

Funeral services are set to be held today for South Carolina representative, Rev. Clementa Pinckney at which President Obama will deliver the eulogy. (PBS NewsHour will live stream the funeral service which begins at 11:00 a.m. EDT)
[Addendum: to read the full text of President Obama's eulogy, go here.]

It was an emotional first service since the #CharlestonShooting today at Mother Emanuel AME Church – full of sorrow, abiding faith and most of all, love. Read the full story:
Posted by The Post and Courier on Sunday, June 21, 2015

At least more people are realizing the the need to remove the Confederate battle flag which has become a painful symbol of racism and white supremacy. Even my home state of Alabama has taken down the Confederate flags from its Civil War memorial, and that is an important step. It is something that must be done, though taking down the flag is the easy part. Addressing racism and hate in our society will be a longer and more difficult task.


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