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The murder of nine members of Charleston's historic Emanuel A. M. E. Church -"Mother Emanuel" to many - on June 17, 2015, brought shock, horror, and grief to the city, the state, and the country. That time also marked the beginning of a journey for many Charlestonians.A year out they' continue that journey, down the road to healing, and away from hatred and division toward understanding and unity.

Charleston Forum Commemorates the Emanuel 9

A panel discussion at the Charleston Forum on Race on Friday, June 16, 2017.
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A panel discussion at the Charleston Forum on Race on Friday, June 16, 2017.

On the night before the second Anniversary of the June 15, 2015 mass shooting that took the lives of nine worshippers at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, Reverend Eric Manning led the opening prayer at the Charleston Forum on Race. The forum is part of a series of events this month to commemorate the Emanuel 9 and to honor those who survived. In addition to remembering those who died, panel members discussed issues brought to greater attention because of the tragedy. South Carolina Public Radio's Laura Hunsberger has more on the story.

Upcoming events include the Annual Senior Citizen's Luncheon, the anniversary celebration of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Branch Library, and the Commemoration Finale: “Morning Grace” Concert.

Click here for a full schedule of events.