Letter To The Emanuel AME Church– 6/23/2015
Emanuel AME Church
110 Calhoun Street,
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
To the Congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church
and the Community of Charleston:
It is with deep sadness that we write this letter of sympathy to the congregation of and families of Pastor Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Sharonda Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., and DePayne Doctor.
Our hearts and prayers reach out to all of you during this terribly difficult time and wish you strength and support as you move forward. Emanuel AME Church has risen from great challenges in the past, acts of harm and injustice, and though this horrific crime and tragic loss of nine members of your congregation is the most tremendous burden to bear, we know you will continue to be the bastion of hope you are known to be.
Our spirits were lifted when, only 48 hours after learning her mother was murdered, the daughter of Ethel Lance faced the shooter via video and tearfully expressed her ability to forgive him. That is certainly a powerfully positive reflection of the faith lived by members of the Emanuel AME Church congregation.
We want you to know that you are not alone in your struggle. Good people everywhere feel your pain and passionately demand justice. It is our mission to reach out and offer not only our condolences, but heartfelt commitment to help bring about awareness and utmost respect for human rights and dignity for all people, and to embrace diversity in our nation.
With our deepest sympathy,
The Human Rights Education Institute
Human Rights Education Institute Clarifies Title and Contribution of Past Employee (2008-2010)
The Human Rights Education Institute (HREI) is focused on its mission of celebrating diversity and human rights by educating, raising awareness, and inspiring transformation in our community. Over the summer months HREI will be exhibiting Uprooted – Japanese American Farm Labor Camps during WWII, a major golf tournament fund raiser, diversity training, and focusing on so many pressing human rights issues.
In response to past employee, Rachel Dolezal, who served between 2008 and 2010, her art work contribution to HREI at that time was appreciated. Ms. Dolezal’s title was education director for part of her time at HREI. Ms. Dolezal portrayed herself as African American at that time, and she has not contributed to HREI since her departure. HREI does not share personnel information or comment on personnel issues.
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