Charleston

Charleston's Emanuel AME Church reopens with prayer, praise and a call for change

Hundreds packed the pews Sunday of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, readying themselves to bury nine beloved members and seek justice on their behalf as part of the church's activist tradition.

In an energetic and emotional service, the Rev. Norvel Goff assured those gathered that the victims, including the church's pastor and state senator the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, did not die in vain. Others echoed that sentiment, saying that while the city is preparing for funeral services, calls for reforms and social activism would also follow.

Juneteenth celebration resonates in wake of Charleston, S.C., tragedy

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Two days after Dylann Roof allegedly opened fire inside an historic black church in a city with deep black historical roots, the country is poised Friday to celebrate black empowerment and freedom from slavery.

Based on comments floating through social media and on editorials from news organizations, Juneteenth will have particular significance in Charleston, S.C., the community where nine people died after being shot during a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a house of worship founded by slave revolt organizer Denmark Vesey and others.

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