The more you read about Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, otherwise known as “Mother Emanuel,” the more awe you feel for its historic resilience amidst white-supremacist terror.
As many of my African American friends are observing Juneteenth, I show my solidarity with them and express my condolences to those with loved ones lost in this massacre.
African-American churches have been an integral part of the Civil Rights movement, and many continue to be a center of organizing for the community. One such church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta was/is a pillar of the community - and hearing about the leaders who convened there when I was growing up impressed upon me greatly.
This is a time when we need to come together - people of all races - because the situation calls for unity when racial tensions are such that parts of the country are ready to ignite.
It's a shame that here it is, 2015, and there is still so much prejudice, and so much work yet to be done.
I am proud to have been born on Freedom/Emancipation Day! I hope "Mother Emanuel" lives on, grows, and continues to foster the love and light of its parishioners, past and present.
Excellent piece, Mr. Zirin! A thousand Thank-You's.