Emanuel A.M.E. Church Reopens After Murders; More than 20, 000 March in Unity

Emanuel A.M.E. Church re-opened it’s doors Sunday, June 21 after the horrific murders that killed nine people including the pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Hundreds filled the pews of the historic church in Charleston, South Carolina. “The doors of the church are open,” declared the Rev. Norvel Goff during prayers. “No evildoer, no demon in hell or on Earth can close the doors of God’s church,” the pastor said. Mayor Joe Riley was in  attendance as well as Governor Nikki Hailey.

Elder Gillison prays

 According to a report by the Post & Courier, President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy Friday at the funeral for  Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a White House official said. First lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden also will travel to Charleston to attend the services for the fallen Democrat, who also served as a state senator, the official confirmed Monday.

Rev.  Clementa Pinckney funeral takes place Friday

Rev. Clementa Pinckney 

Sunday evening, more than many as 20,000 people took part for the Bridge  to Peace walk in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday evening in a show of solidarity for those slain in the Emanuel A.M.E. Church massacre last Wednesday, June 17.  Famous Charleston native Stephen Colbert also  took part in the March.

Bridge to Peace in Charleston with prayer chain

Rev. Pinckney’s funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the TD Arena on the College of Charleston campus.

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