The goal for the Social Justice page of the Emanuel Nine Foundation is to reflect on Mother Emanuel’s mission to end racism and hate. This page will highlight key news events on social justice or injustice. We will encourage voting, encourage nonviolent protest and will inspire readers to take action as well as provide hope that change will truly happen.


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Free Virtual Town Hall

Featuring Michael Moore with Charlamagne Tha God – host of The Breakfast Club, Ilyasah Shabbazz – daughter of Malcolm X, Steve Benjamin – Mayor of Columbia, SC; and Chevara Orrin – Inspirational Diversity & Inclusion Maven for a dynamic conversation about The State of African America. Join via zoom here.

Know Your History: Voting Rights Act 1965

On this day, 55 short years ago, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. Signed by President Lyndon Johnson, the act outlawed the discriminatory voting practices adopted in many southern states after the Civil War. Many black Americans faced tremendous obstacles to register to vote and voting itself including poll taxes, literacy tests, harassment […]

Aurora, CO police department under scrutiny again

On Sunday, August 2, Aurora, CO police pulled over and drew their guns on Brittney Gilliam and four minors after mistaking her car for a stolen vehicle. In the car with Ms. Gilliam was her 6-year-old daughter, her 12-year-old sister, 14- and 17-year-old nieces. The ladies were handcuffed and placed down on the concrete will […]

New park named after Reverend Pinckney

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster helped break ground Thursday morning on a park to honor The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney. Amazing Grace Park – The Clementa Pinckney Memorial will serve as a memorial to the state senator and lead pastor of Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Click here for more info

Make Good Trouble

As John Lewis is being laid to rest in Atlanta, GA today, he left us with some final thoughts. Click here to read the essay titled “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation”.  Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

More Than a Vote

Prominent black entertainers as well as current and former athletes such as LeBron James, Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose have come together to help fight systemic and racist voter suppression that impacts black communities. The organization, called More Than A Vote, will inspire black Americans to register to vote and cast their ballot […]

99 days until the November election

With less than 100 days until the next national election, if you aren’t registered to vote, please go to to register.  And it’s not too early to think about whether you want to vote in person (at a poll) or absentee. If you plan on voting by absentee, check out the absentee voting section […]

Must Read: White Fragility

White Fragility is a great book to help understand the depths of racism and its lasting impacts on generations. It also dives into why it’s important for black Americans to continue to be allies with white Americans to find solutions to help end systemic racism in the United States.    Purchase here from the local […]

What’s Going on in Portland, Oregon

Perhaps you were wondering the same thing. There have been weeks of protests since the death of George Floyd, with protestors calling for racial justice and changes to policing. Federal authorities have a presence in the city and are using unmarked vehicles to detain people.  Click here for all the details


Yesterday marked 5 years since Samuel “Sam” DuBose was just 43 years old when he was killed by a police officer. Mr. DuBose was from Cincinnati, Ohio and was a rapper, music producer and entrepreneur and motorcycle enthusiast. He founded a motorcycle club called Ruthless Riders. Above all he was a devoted father. We remember […]

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Below is a list of Charleston area COVID-19 testing sites for this week, part of Fetter Health Care’s plan to help fight the virus. These sites are in addition to the usual COVID-19 testing sites. Monday, July 20 – West Ashley High School from 8am – 1pm Tuesday, July 21 – Jennie Moore Elementary School […]

Know your history: Rev. C.T. Vivian and Rep. John Lewis

In a short span on 24 hours, we lost two giants who fought for social justice issues for all people. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C.T. Vivian worked tirelessly and fearlessly for equal rights; especially voting rights. Let’s honor both men by continuing to fight for social justice and by voting in every local, state […]

Why it’s so hard to remove offensive monuments in South Carolina?

Removing war memorials, confederate leader statues and flags has proven to be a difficult task in South Carolina due to a law passed in 2000 called the South Carolina Heritage Act, which calls for at least two-thirds of both the House and Senate to approve the removal of the monument. However, a new lawsuit filed […]

Strike for Black Lives

On Monday, July 20th, workers across the United States will walk off their jobs as part of the #StrikeForBlackLives. By withholding labor, our most valuable asset, we are supporting the dismantling of racism and white supremacy to help bring fundamental changes to society, economy and workplaces. Click here to learn more about strike locations and […]

I Can’t Breathe

It’s been six years since Eric Garner repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times while lying face down on a sidewalk in New York. It’s been six years since he lost consciousness on that sidewalk and remained lying there for seven minutes until an ambulance to arrive. Eric Garner was married to Esaw Garner and was […]

Today is a great day to demand justice for Breonna Taylor

Yesterday, protestors gathered at the home of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron asking for the arrest of the officers in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot eight times while she was in the bed. Over 85 protestors were arrested including Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth, Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills and Porsha […]

Helping to Eliminate Excessive Force by Police

The use of excessive force by the police continues, even after the death of George Floyd. Campaign Zero has laid out an 8 step policy to help eliminate excessive force by police which sometimes results in lives being lost. Among the policy includes requiring de-escalation techniques, banning chokeholds and strangleholds and providing a warning before […]

#SayHerNameSandra Bland

Today, we commemorate the 5th anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death. Ms. Bland was only 28 years old when she died. Ms. Bland was born in Naperville, Illinois and had four sisters. She graduated with a degree in agriculture from Prairie View A&M and was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho. After college she returned to […]

Denmark Vesey – a fighter for racial equality

Denmark Vesey, a leader of Charleston African Americans, one of the founders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (now called Mother Emanuel), a husband and a father died on this day nearly 200 years ago. Mr. Vesey was accused, convicted and ultimately killed (along with 34 others) for being a leader of “the rising”, the […]

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to spread through our city, state and country. Please take the proper precautions to protect yourself and others from this virus. Click here to learn how to protect yourself and where the testing and screening sites are in South Carolina. CVS is expanding the stores where they will test for COVID-19. Below is […]

Justice for Elijah McClain

Almost one year ago, an unarmed 23-year-old Elijah McClain, was approached by three Aurora, CO police officers as he was walking home from a convenience store. A struggle ensured with the officers and McClain and unfortunately resulted in McClain’s death. We ask that you click here and sign the petition to demand the officers involved […]

Video – Remembering the Emanuel 9: Five Years Later

Arranged and edited by Jamila Gadsden, niece of Myra Thompson.

Justice for Breonna Taylor

It’s been over 100 days since Breonna Taylor was shot and killed while she was lying in her bed by Louisville Metro Police. Only one of the three police officers who opened fire has lost his job. None of the involved officers are facing criminal charges. Calls for action continue to get louder and louder. […]


The Charleston County Public Library has launched the #ThisIsForCynthia campaign to honor the life of beloved former Charleston County librarian, Cynthia Graham Hurd and the other beautiful souls who lost their lives at the Mother Emanuel Church five years ago. The campaign encourages members of the community to perform acts of kindness and then post […]

Unity March to Rally for Justice For All

On Sunday, June 21, Mother Emanuel Church and the Scott family came together to honor the Emanuel 9 and Walter Scott. A Unity March was led down Calhoun Street to Mother Emanuel Church where they held a rally calling for “Justice For All”.  Mother Emanuel’s pastor, Reverend Eric Manning stressed the goals of the rally, […]


On June 19, black Americans throughout the country will celebrate Juneteenth, an American holiday observed annually to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States. The first Juneteenth was celebrated in 1865 in Galveston, TX, when Union general Gordan Granger read federal orders that all slaves were free. This event took place two […]

‘Take it down:’ Calhoun Monument will be moved from Marion Square, Charleston mayor says

Nearly 124 years after it was erected, the John C. Calhoun Monument in Marion Square will come down and be relocated, Charleston’s mayor said on Wednesday. City Council members will vote to remove and relocate the statue during their Tuesday meeting, Mayor John Tecklenburg said. Jubilation over the mayor’s decision by those in the crowd […]

Malcolm Graham remembers sister 4 years after she was killed in Charleston church shooting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – Monday marks 4 years since a young man opened fire at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, killing 9 parishioners that were at a Bible study. This week there will be services, memorials, and events to honor those that lost their lives. One of those that will be in attendance is former […]

Emanuel Nine Memorial Foundation Observes Fifth Anniversary of Mother Emanuel AME Tragedy with New Website, Unity March

Read the full article here. The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board and Mother Emanuel AME Church announced June 16 the launch of a new website in memory of the Emanuel Nine as well as details for a planned unity march on June 21 in downtown Charleston.  EMANUEL NINE MEMORIAL WEBSITE Five years into planning and raising funds for a […]

Emanuel Nine Memorial Foundation commemorates fifth anniversary with new website and unity march

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – As the 5th anniversary of the Mother Emanuel AME church shooting arrives, many commemorations will be taking place in honor of the victims and survivors. The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board and Mother Emanuel AME Church announced the launch of a new website in memory of the Emanuel Nine as well […]

SPECIAL: ‘Remembering the Emanuel 9’

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) – Wednesday marks five years since nine lives were taken at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Watch the video here.

‘We must move with a sense of urgency’: leaders finalizing Emanuel 9 memorial design

It’s still just a model, but a memorial honoring the Emanuel 9 victims and survivors is taking shape. “We must move with a sense of urgency,” said Emanuel Church Reverend Eric Manning. “It gives us and creates a space for us to have a conversation.” He says the memorial will have a survivors’ garden, which […]

Unity March – June 21, 2020

A unity march will happen, in remembrance of The Emanuel Nine, Walter Scott, and George Floyd. See the flyer, below, for more info:

Civil Rights Groups call for the removal of Calhoun statue and repeal of Heritage Act

Civil Rights groups have called for removal of the John C. Calhoun statue and in conjunction area lawmakers are asking to repeal the Heritage Act which protects any state monument or memorial from being removed without legislative approval. Click here

CHS Students for Black Lives march

A Facebook group called “CHS Students for Black Lives” will have a peaceful march tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17th at 4pm at the Marion Square Fountain. This peaceful march will commemorate the 5th year anniversary of the Mother Emanuel massacre and the death of George Floyd. For more information, please click here.

Town Hall to Commemorate the 5th year anniversary of Mother Emanuel Massacre

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 17, Representative Joe Cunningham and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn will host a virtual town hall to discuss gun violence, police brutality and systemic racism. For more information and to RSVP click here.

Reverend Sharon Risher in The New Yorker

The Reverend Sharon Risher, whose mother and two cousins were killed in the Charleston church massacre, describes herself as an “accidental activist.” Becoming an advocate for gun-violence prevention has helped lift her out of her grief, she says. “Now I don’t really carry that ache in my heart. . . . I had stuff to […]

The Rev. Anthony Thompson’s letter in the Post & Courier

People of all cultures are hurt, tired and provoked by the unjust killings of black men by white police officers. This recent killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota is the straw that broke the camel’s back, and we are angry. Some of us are protesting peacefully, voicing our concerns at […]

Prayer Walk protest march

Thursday, June 4. Faith leaders and elected officials from the Charleston area participated in a Prayer Walk protest march. The all-day protest march started at First Baptist and ended at Mother Emanuel AME Church. Throughout the walk, the leaders provided inspirational messages. Among them, Chris Singleton, who spoke outside Mother Emanuel AME Church. Singleton’s mother […]

Chris Singleton’s book, “Different”

Last year, Singleton began writing the book titled “Different.” His mother’s character is a teacher who helps a student from Nigeria adjust and shine in her new surroundings. Crafting this story allowed Singleton to bond with his mom all over again. “My illustrator is phenomenal at drawing,” Singleton said with a smile. “I hope people […]

Former President Obama Brings Us Hope

On Wednesday, June 3rd, former President Barack Obama spoke out about the impact of the ongoing pandemic we are facing and also the protests happening across the country as a result of the death of George Floyd. Obama reminded us that this country was founded on protest, he encouraged young men and women to continue […]

Protesting and Protecting Yourself from COVID-19

As Americans continue to protest the death of George Floyd across the country, public health officials are extremely concerned that demonstrators and police are possibly increasing the spread of COVID-19. If you are protesting, please protect yourself and others by wearing a mask around your face to help prevent the spread of COVID.

Voting Matters

Longstanding Republican Iowa Representative Steve King lost his bid for reelection this week. Steve King, who is best known for his racist and anti-LGBTQ+ comments over the years, was beat by Randy Feenstra in the Republican primary. President Donald Trump offered his congratulations to Feenstra, who will square off against Democrat J.D. Scholten on November […]

Bank of America Grants $250,000 for Emanuel Nine Memorial

CHARLESTON, S.C. – February 5, 2020 – Today, the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board announced Bank of America’s grant of $250,000 to construct a permanent memorial honoring the Emanuel Nine, the nine clergy and church members murdered in 2015 at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, South Carolina.    “Mother Emanuel AME Church is […]

Wells Fargo Grants $500,000 for Emanuel Nine Memorial

CHARLESTON, S.C. Oct. 2019 – Today, the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board announced Wells Fargo’s $500,000 grant to construct a permanent memorial honoring the Emanuel Nine, the nine clergy and church members murdered in 2015 at the Mother Emanuel A.M.E Church in Charleston, South Carolina.  “Wells Fargo is committed to honoring the victims, supporting their […]

The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation Pledges $1 Million for Emanuel Nine Memorial

First Major Gift is Earmarked for Memorial Construction CHARLESTON, S.C. – August 28, 2019 – Today, the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board announced The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation’s pledge of $1 million, the first major gift for the permanent memorial honoring the Emanuel Nine, the nine clergy and church members murdered in 2015 at […]

Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church Unveils Plans for Memorial with Michael Arad

Charleston, SC – July 15, 2018 – Today architect Michael Arad revealed design plans for a permanent memorial honoring the victims of the Emanuel Nine tragedy. Arad, the architect behind the National September 11 Memorial in New York, conveyed his inspiration for the Emanuel Nine Memorial at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church following a ceremony celebrating […]