June 17,2015 is a day that most people will never forget and we now know as the historic Emanuel AME Church shooting, that killed 9 people. A gunman, Dylan Roof, opened fire on a prayer fellowship around 8:00pm. Oddly enough June 17, 1822 was the day that made this church so historic. Nearly 200 years ago this same church, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, was burned down. The founder of this church, Denmark Vesey was hanged for allegedly organizing a revolt against slaveholders. Now on the 193 anniversary blacks at this very same church have been executed.
Roof was caught in Shelby North Carolina on Thursday June 18. President Obama made a statement on Thursday, calling the horrible killings “senseless murders”, and using this as an example to bring up the issue of gun laws. He brings the case of how too many times religion & places of religious practice have been sites of violence. Black churches in particular have seen their fair share of violence, the Birmingham bombings that killed 4 little girls 50 years ago. It is sad to see the history repeating itself, as humans we evolve but yet our hatred remains.
Now we are left with 9 souls murdered and a great deal of grief; Rev. Clementa Pickney, 41, Cynthia Hurd, 54, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton,45, Tywanza Sanders,26, Myra Thompson, 59, Ethel Lee Lance,70, Susie Jackson,87, Daniel Simmons, 74, and Depayne Middleton Doctor,49 are the innocently murdered victims. So we must remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King “They say to us that we must be concerned not merely with who murdered them but about the system, the way of life, philosophy which produced the murders. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American Dream”.