Light of Hope: Emanuel AME Commemoration Events

June 13, 2017, 4:24 pm EST | Share:

Thursday, June 15
Dr. Lonnie G. Bunch III, director of Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture will hold a free keynote lecture at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, from 5:00pm until 6:30pm.

Friday, June 16
There will be a youth basketball tournament to encourage the community’s youth in a time of remembrance and to reflect on the nine lives lost. The event will also honor and celebrate the life of Emanuel AME’s youngest victim, Tywanza Sanders. The event will be held at the Charleston Charter School of Math and Science, 1002 King Street, from 8:00am until 6:00pm.

The Charleston Forum on Race will hold discussions at the Charleston Music Hall with a focus on racial issues in regards to economics, education, and policing. Speakers at this event will feature victim’s loved ones, political civil rights and criminal justice leaders. This event runs 5:30pm until 10:00pm.

Friday June 16 and Saturday, June 17
A tour will be offered at the Borough House, 35 Calhoun Street, which is an original home of the historic Borough community, one of the earliest middle class historic African-American communities. The tours will be offered from 11:00am until 3:00pm.

Saturday, June 17
“Hate Won’t Win Unity Walk” will take place from 9:00am until 11:30pm. It begins at King & Calhoun Streets. This walk will honor the nine victims who died and the shooting survivors while uniting people of all races, religions and background and spreading love across the world.

Saturday, June 17
Ecumenical Worship Service will host “In Remembrance of the Emanuel 9 and Recognition of the Survivors” at the Gaillard Center at 1:00pm. This event will feature clergy and choirs from across the community and keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory. A free ticket is required from

A worldwide virtual project, Acts of Amazing Grace 2017, will encourage people to respond to the June 17, 2015 massacre with acts of kindness.

Saturday, June 17 and June 24
“A Moment of Silence… To Read” will be held at John L. Dart Library and the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation will provide free books for children to celebrate the life of Cynthia Hurd, a longtime librarian who died in the Emanuel AME shooting.

Sunday, June 18
Worship service will be held at Emanuel AME Church at 9:30pm. You can also join the Mother Emanuel family for regular morning worship service.