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
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