Saturday, June 20, 2015

Black Lives Matter... prayers for Emanuel AME

I am heartbroken and angry about what happened in Charleston, SC, on Wednesday. I will post more thoughts on that here over time. Right now, I just want to remember what we lost. Nine good Americans were killed in this act of white supremacist  terror. These good people deserve to be named. (Biographical information that follows is from NPR.) We lost the Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a pastor at Emanuel AME, a speech therapist and high school track and field coach. She was the mother of three. We lost Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, a member of Emanuel’s choir and the mother of four. She had just started a new job as an admissions coordinator at her college alma mater. We lost Cynthia Hurd, 54, a career librarian. We lost Susie Jackson, 87, a longtime church member. We lost Ethel Lance, 70, a parishioner at Emanuel for decades, and a career custodian. She was a mother and grandmother. We lost the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, a state senator and the senior pastor of Emanuel AME, a husband and the father of two children. We lost Tywanza Sanders, 26, a recent graduate in business administration with his whole life ahead of him. We lost the Rev. Daniel Simmons, 74, a retired pastor from another church in the Charleston area. We lost Myra Thompson, 59, a pastor’s wife who was herself teaching Bible study when she was killed. We lost so much.

And we must work to end racism and our culture of violence. We must. Black Lives Matter.