Charleston Writers Remember Emanuel Nine

Jun 15, 2016

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the oldest AME church in the south. It is often referred to as "Mother Emanuel".
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  The slayings of nine worshipers at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston a year ago was a wrenching experience for South Carolina and the nation.  To try to find some understanding of the tragedy and its aftermath, three Charleston writers came together to produce a book to document their thoughts and observations.  On the anniversary of the tragedy, historian Bernard Powers, poet Marjory Wentworth and former journalist Herb Frazier discuss their findings, the experience of talking with friends and family members of the victims, the holes left by their absence, the complexity of forgiveness, and the lessons that can be taken from the tremendous example set by the families of the fallen.