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Emanuel Nine Commemoration Committee hosts forum tonight

By Charleston Mercury Staff

By Spencer Means from New York City, USA - The steeple of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Six years ago today, a gunman massacred nine people gathered in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church for a Bible study. This evening, the Emanuel Nine Commemoration Committee is hosting a Forgiveness Forum and Round Table to honor the victims of this and other domestic acts of terror. Register here for the forum, which will be held online from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 17.

The forum will include family members of the Emanuel Nine, who are Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. DePayne Middleton, Rev. Sharonda Coleman Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Susie Jackson, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr. and Myra Thompson.

Special guests in attendance include Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers, a survivor of the 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 people and wounded six, and Sarah Collins Rudolph, who was blinded in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four young girls, including her older sister.

Those killed in the Tree of Life massacre are Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Bernice Simon, Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Melvin Wax and Irving Younger.

Those killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing are Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley.

Other commemorative events include a book drive for the month of June, a Juneteenth Freedom Fest Celebration on June 19 at North Charleston Riverfront Park, and a June 20 Father's Day Worship Service held in honor of all fathers and in remembrance of the Emanuel Nine and Recognition of the Survivors. For all events and more information visit


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