‘Victory in the Valley’: City of Charleston, Emanuel AME Announce 12 Days of Events to Mark Anniversary of Tragic Shooting; Bernice King to Speak, Shirley Caesar to Sing


The city of Charleston and Emanuel AME Church have announced 12 days of events dubbed “Victory in the Valley” to commemorate the June 17 anniversary of a racially motivated shooting that left nine worshippers dead and a community in mourning.

Church and city officials, victims’ family members and survivors of the shooting, among others, met for months to discuss the events and create a schedule. The events will run from June 15 to June 26 to honor the families of those killed, the shooting survivors and the church congregation.

Various houses of worship, the Charleston County Public Library and others are joining in to honor those impacted by the killings and to promote unity among races.

The events will include a June 18 keynote speech by the Rev. Dr. Bernice King, youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Events are open to the public, although some require tickets.

June 15 – Ecumenical Bible Study

What: Ecumenical Bible Study led by the Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark, pastor of Emanuel AME, and the Rev. Anthony Thompson, whose wife Myra was killed in the shooting.

When: 6 p.m. June 15

Where: Emanuel AME Church

For more: 843-722-2561

June 17 – Ecumenical service

What: An ecumenical service will be sponsored by Bishop Richard Franklin Norris of the statewide AME district.

When: 10 a.m. June 17

Where: TD Arena, College of Charleston

For more: RSVP by June 9 at 803-935-0500. For ticket holders only.

‘After Charleston’

What: “After Charleston: Commemoration, Healing and Hope” will provide a culminating anniversary day service.

When: 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 17

Where: Emanuel AME Church

Community supper

What: Community supper for the public.

When: 6 p.m. June 17

Where: Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St., downtown Charleston

‘After Charleston’

What: “After Charleston: The Sacred Space” will offer worship, prayer and reflection. Worship Leaders include Will Reagan of United Pursuit, Freddy Washington of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Worship Leaders of Charleston.

When: 7 p.m. June 17

Where: Emanuel AME Church

For more: Follow @aftercharleston on Twitter and on Facebook Facebook.com/AfterCharleston for updates.

‘After Charleston’

What: “After Charleston: The Activation,” a summit and mixer to help people become involved in unifying Charleston.

When: 9:30 p.m. June 17

Where: Location to be announced

For more: RSVP to bryu@civilitasgroup.org

June 18 – Prayer breakfast

What: Prayer breakfast hosted by Democratic state Sens. Margie Bright Matthews, who was elected to the seat once held by slain Emanuel AME pastor the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and Sen. Marlon Kimpson, whose district includes the church.

When: 7:30 a.m. June 18

Where: Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St., downtown Charleston

For more: RSVP to vtresvant@gmail.com

Walk of Unity and Thanksgiving

What: A Walk of Unity and Thanksgiving sponsored by Emanuel AME and the Hate Won’t Win Movement, launched by the family of the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., who was killed in the shooting. Walk begins at Marion Square at 11 a.m. with overflow at Wragg Square. It ends at the Gaillard Center front lawn on Calhoun Street. Doves will be released at 11:30 a.m. A tree dedication ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. with keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Bernice King and the Rev. Shirley Caesar performing.

When: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 18

Where: Walk begins at Marion Square with overflow at Wragg Square and ends at the Gaillard Center front lawn on Calhoun Street.

For more: To register, go to www.hatewontwinmovement.com.

June 19 – Worship Service

What: Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark.

When: 9:30 a.m. June 19

Where: Emanuel AME Church

June 22 – Ecumenical Bible Study

What: Ecumenical Bible Study (part 2).

When: 6 p.m. June 22

Where: Emanuel AME Church

June 24 – ‘Voices from the Valley’

What: “Voices from the Valley,” a panel discussing racial justice.

When: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 24

Where: Main Library, 110 Calhoun St., downtown Charleston

‘Morning Grace’ – June 25

What: “Morning Grace: Coming Home to Mother” will provide a grand finale gospel concert featuring jazz and gospel vocalist Ann Caldwell, the Lowcountry Voices and other artists. Tickets required.

When: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. June 25

Where: Emanuel AME Church

Candlelight vigil

What: Candlelight vigil and service of the bells.

When: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. June 25

Where: St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

SOURCE: Post and Courier

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