Story of America: Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston

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Great video of Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, who was slain at the church along with eight others on Wednesday evening (17 Jun 2015). He explains the history and significance of that church and faith community – from 2013…

From Story of America (

“I don’t know about you, but I’ve been struggling with deep anger, fear and dejection today. Then I watched this video from February of Rev. Hon. Clementa Pinkney. He explains the historical significance of his church and calls upon us to be willing to make sacrifices in order to fight for what America is about: freedom and equality. He emanates peace and deep resolve… It felt like he was talking to me. After watching this twice, I made my peace with the dark side of America. And I sat there in tears and chose to double down on the beautiful side of America, the side where many of us work to advance justice, love, equality and freedom. I made a choice not to submit to fear, hatred and anger. I hope you feel the same way. Thank you for this gift, Rev. Pinckney. RIP.” Annabel Park



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