Marjory Wentworth Discusses Mother Emanuel AME Tragedy

Dec. 9 ~ Marjory Wentworth (We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuelat Carefree Catering

41sxgr8pzjl-_sx331_bo1204203200_On June 17, 2015, at 9:05 p.m., a young man with a handgun opened fire on a prayer meeting at the (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine members of the congregation. The captured shooter, twenty-one-year-old Dylan Roof, a white supremacist, was charged with their murders. Two days after the shooting, while Roof’s court hearing was held on video conference, the families of his nine victims, one by one, appeared on the screen – forgiving the killer. The “Emanuel Nine” set a profound example for their families, their city, their nation, and indeed the world. Written by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., and Marjory Wentworth, We Are Charleston tells the story of a people, continually beaten down, who seem to continually triumph over the worst of adversity. The writers not only recount the events of that terrible day but also offer a history lesson that reveals a deeper look at the suffering, triumph, and even the ongoing rage of the people who formed Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church and the wider denominational movement.

 

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