Bible Study, Unity Walks to Honor Victims of Emanuel AME Shooting This Month

Emanuel AME

A memorial service at the arena where President Barack Obama last year led the congregation in “Amazing Grace” is among more than two dozen events scheduled during 12 days to mark the first anniversary of a mass slaying at a historically black church in Charleston.

The Emanuel AME Church announced on Monday that the memorial service will be held on Friday, June 17, which will mark a year since nine black parishioners were gunned down during Bible study.

About 6,000 mourners turned out a year ago as the president delivered the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and a South Carolina state senator who was one of the victims, at The College of Charleston’s TD Arena. He then led the congregation in singing the hymn.

College officials said 5,000 mourners were turned away.

The service next week is among a number of observances scheduled from June 15 through June 26, starting with an ecumenical Bible study at the church to be led by the Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark.

On Saturday, June 18, a unity walk will start in a nearby park and pass in front of the church before ending at the city’s new performing arts center. Doves will be released at the center and a tree will be dedicated in memory of the slain.

Among the other events are worship services at the church, a gospel concert, a bell concert and a prayer breakfast.

A white man, Dylann Roof, faces state murder charges as well as federal charges including hate crimes in connection to the shootings, which took place during a Bible study. The state announced last year that it will seek the death penalty for Dylann in a trial set for January.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last month that the federal government also will seek the death penalty.

Roof appeared in photos waving Confederate flags and burning or desecrating U.S. flags, and purportedly wrote of starting a race war. He was arrested a day after the shootings when a motorist spotted his Confederate license plate.

Roof’s attorneys are scheduled to meet Tuesday with a federal judge to discuss the status of his trial. No trial date has been set. The state prosecutor has said South Carolina would like to try Roof first.

The complete list of activities planned:

The when, what and where for June 15-26 are listed in date order to assist those planning to participate from near and far. The why: “Victory in the Valley” programming is designed to remember the lives of the victims while honoring their families, the survivors and members of Mother Emanuel. Ticketed events are noted with double asterisks (**).

Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00p.m.

Ecumenical Bible Study (Part I) led by Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson

EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 / Call 843.722.2561.

Thursday, June 16th at 1:00p.m.

Senior Citizens Luncheon sponsored by South Carolina Representative Jenny Horne

EAMEC / Fellowship Hall / 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (**)

Friday, June 17th at 10:00a.m.

An Ecumenical Service Remembering the Mother Emanuel Nine and Honoring the Survivors & Members of Mother Emanuel AME Church sponsored by The Right Reverend Richard Franklin Norris, Presiding Bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District and The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

College of Charleston, T. D. Arena, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401

RSVP by June 9, 2016 at (803) 935-0500. Ticket holders only.

Friday, June 17th from 4-5:30pm

After Charleston: Commemoration, Healing and Hope

This is a culminating service for members of the church, leaders in Charleston, and city leaders from across the country. EAMEC / 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 / Public Event

Friday, June 17th at 6:00p.m.

Charleston Community Supper sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston at 342 Meeting Street / Charleston, SC 29403 / Public Event

Friday, June 17th at 7:00p.m.

After Charleston: The Sacred Space

This is an event designed for individuals to experience the sacred space of Mother Emanuel for a time of worship, prayer and reflection. Worship Leaders are: Will Reagan of United Pursuit; Freddy Washington of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Worship Leaders of Charleston

Sponsored by Mother Emanuel, After Charleston, Civilitas Group, 1Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and New Metropolitan

EAMEC / 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 / Public Event

For real time event details: Twitter: @aftercharleston; Facebook: Facebook.com/AfterCharleston

Friday, June 17th at 9:30p.m.

After Charleston: The Activation

This is an event designed for individuals to participate in a summit and mixer designed to equip them to become active in the pursuit of unifying the city of Charleston. The event will include music infused with the insight of some notable national figures. Locations: TBD

Sponsored by Mother Emanuel, After Charleston, Civilitas Group, 1Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. Send RSVPs to bryu@civilitasgroup.org.

Saturday, June 18th at 7:30a.m.

Prayer Breakfast hosted by South Carolina State Senators Margie Bright Matthews and Marlon Kimpson

Francis Marion Hotel / 387 King Street / Charleston, SC 29403 / Public Event

Reservations are requested due to limited seating. Please RSVP to vtresvant@gmail.com.

Saturday, June 18th from 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Samaritan’s Feet sponsored by EAMEC & Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated / Buist Academy, 103 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 / Registration is required for school-aged children to receive free socks and tennis shoes at SamaritansFeet.org/GetShoesCharleston.

Saturday, June 18th from 11:00a.m. to 2:30p.m.

A Walk of Unity and Thanksgiving sponsored by EAMEC and the Hate Won’t Win Movement / Begin walk at Marion Square at 11:00a.m. (overflow at Wragg Square); End walk at Gaillard Center Lawn (95 Calhoun St.) / To register for the walk visit www.hatewontwinmovement.com.

Release of doves: unity & healing ceremony at 11:30a.m.

Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication Ceremony at 12:30p.m. with keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Bernice King and Rev. Shirley Caesar performing

Saturday, June 18th from 2:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

Mother Emanuel Quilt Exhibition at 85 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 (The Arch Building)

Sunday, June 19th at 8:00a.m.

Service of the Bells led by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Sunday, June 19th at 9:30a.m.

Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

June 20th to 25th

Love Week is all about compassion, selflessness and service.

Monday, June 20th from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Borough House Tour at 35 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

Tuesday, June 21st from 10a.m. to 2:00p.m.

Putting People to Work Career Fair sponsored by EAMEC with Spherion Staffing Services & Representative Wendell Gaillard at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

Tuesday, June 21st

International Day of Kindness / for everyone – everywhere / information will be posted online at www.emanuel@emanuelamechurch.org.

Wednesday, June 22nd from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Project Cool Breeze Distribution sponsored by EAMEC and Representative Wendell Gaillard at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00p.m.

Ecumenical Bible Study (Part II) led by Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

Thursday, June 23rd from 8:00a.m. to 12noon

Habitat for Humanity sponsored by EAMEC and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at the Pope Francis House

Thursday, June 23rd from 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Calling All Colors sponsored by EAMEC / for 12-14 year old children / a celebration of multiculturalism at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

Friday, June 24th from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.

Voices from the Valley, Racial Justice Panel at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401

Saturday, June 25th from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.

Youth Basketball Tournament for 8-15 year old children co-sponsored by EAMEC and the city of Charleston’s Recreation Department, Arthur Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne St.

Saturday, June 25th from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.

Adopt-a-Neighborhood / sponsored by EAMEC and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church / Location: TBD

Saturday, June 25th from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.

“Morning Grace: Coming Home to Mother” – Grand Finale / Gospel Concert featuring jazz and gospel vocalist Ann Caldwell as Mistress of Ceremonies, the Lowcountry Voices and other guest artists at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 (**)

Saturday, June 25th from 8:00pm to 9:00p.m.

Candlelight Vigil at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 and Service of the Bells led by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

Sunday, June 26th

Mayor John Tecklenburg, Mayor of the city of Charleston (Charleston, SC) has proclaimed this day as Mother Emanuel and Survivors Day in the city of Charleston.

To find a listing of other programs and events sponsored by other entities, visit the city of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ website at www.charlestonarts.org/about-cultural-affairs-charleston.

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