A Community Unites to Honor One of the Holy City’s Darkest Moments

June 12, 2018, 2:30 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (FOX 24 NEWS NOW) — Hearts and prayers around the world are with Charleston as we approach the third anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME tragedy.

On June 17th, 2015, nine lives were senselessly cut short by a single gunman, a white supremacist.

In less than two weeks, Charleston will unite to celebrate the loves of the Emanuel Nine and work toward ending gun violence and create a racial reconciliation.

Marion Square will be teeming with inspiring speakers and entertainment in a shining example of how the legacy of the Emanuel Nine lives on.

The rally, known as the #Emanuel9RallyforUnity, will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at Marion Square in celebration of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, DePayne Middleton Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Myra Thompson and the survivors of the Mother Emanuel massacre.

It will serve as a universal symbol of love and embrace diversity, inspire dialogue and change behaviors that will result in racial reconciliation and common sense gun laws.