Emanuel A.M.E. Church

A shooting at Lavish Nightclub in Greenville County in the early morning hours of July 5 left two people dead and eight others injured.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for July 7, 2020, we bring you discussion about a new book on the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting, the latest on a Upstate shooting this weekend which killed two people and injured eight others, the challenges facing South Carolina hospitals, and more.

On this episode of the South Carolina Lede for June 18, 2020, we reflect on the Mother Emanuel AME massacre in Charleston five years later. We also examine the police reform bill proposed by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and other GOP lawmakers, look at the latest COVID-19 numbers in the hotspot of Greenville, and more.

Chris Singleton, son of Mother Emanuel shooting victim, shares his new book for children called "Different"
Victoria Hansen/ SC Public Radio

Five years ago, Chris Singleton was a carefree college student dreaming of playing professional baseball when he got the call that changed his life.

"I'll never forget it," says Singleton.  "I was 18 years-old and I got a call from my mom's phone actually and the lady on the other end was saying 'Chris you got to get down here right now something bad happened.' "

Congressmen JimClyburn and Joe Cunningham hold a press conference on gun reform inside Emmanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston
Victoria Hansen

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and Congressman Joe Cunningham have proposed legislation to close the so called, “Charleston Loophole” by extending the waiting period for federal gun background checks.  Clyburn said Thursday he has the votes to pass it in the House.

The state’s two democratic congressmen joined more than a dozen others, including former and current Charleston mayors Joe Riley and John Tecklenburg, inside Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston.  That’s where nine parishioners were shot to death in 2015 in what's been called a hate crime.

Mug shot of Roof taken by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, June 18, 2015

22-year old Dylann Roof will plead guilty to state murder charges during an April 10th hearing. This comes several months after a federal court sentenced the self-proclaimed white supremacist to death. A guilty plea means Roof has agreed to a mandatory life sentence without parole. The sentence would only take effect if the federal sentence fell through which is highly unlikely. 

Roof was convicted in January on thirty-three federal charges including hate crimes and the use of a gun to commit a violent crime.  

We Are Charleston

Aug 18, 2016
Bernard Powers, Marjory Wentworth, and Herb Fraizer, authors of We Are Charleston.
Jack Alterman

  This week’s guests on Walter Edgar's Journal are the authors of the book We Are Charleston (2016 Thomas Nelson), a multi-layered exploration of the tragic events experienced by South Carolina’s famed Mother Emanuel in June of 2015.

"America After Charleston" host Gwen Ifill
Michael O'Bryon

It’s been three months since a lone white gunman killed nine worshipers at a Bible study at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church. Tonight (9/21) at 9 p.m., PBS and ETV will air “America After Charleston,” a town hall meeting taped this past Saturday at Charleston’s Circular Congregational Church. Moderator Gwen Ifill, co-anchor of PBS News Hour, and two of the town hall’s panelists, NAACP President Cornell Brooks and S.C. State Rep. Jenny Horne, offer thoughts on the discussion and the importance of coming together to listen to others.

Russ McKinney recaps an historic week at the South Carolina State House which culminated in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the capitol grounds to the Confederate Relic Room and Millitary Museum.


  [Broadcast Friday, July 10, 2015] - This is breaking news coverage from South Carolina ETV Radio—South Carolina Public Radio: the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. I’m Beryl Dakers with historian Dr. Walter Edgar. Yesterday afternoon, Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law a bill approved by the legislature to remove this symbol from a memorial to the Confederate dead and place it in the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. Final passage of the bill came early Thursday morning.

Listen to archived report:

During an emotional ceremony and amid popular cheers, the Confederate battle flag was brought down from a 30-foot flagpole that sits on the grounds of the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C.

The historic ceremony marked the end of an era and was conducted by South Carolina state troopers, who marched in formation in front of a cheering crowd of hundreds.

Slowly, the troopers cranked the flag down from the pole, folded it, rolled it up and marched out.

The crowd chanted, "USA! USA! USA!"

The Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, July 9, 2015.
Jim Covington

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley’s signed into law Thursday afternoon a bill that removes the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House.

With the shooting deaths of nine African-American worshipers in Charleston’s Emanuel A. M. E. Church on June 17th, and the discovery later that week that the accused gunman, Dylan Roof, now in custody, had posted on-line pictures of himself with the Confederate Battle Flag along with a racist “manifesto,” a growing, public opinion against the display of the flag at the State House memorial for the Confederate dead  resulted in Thursday afternoon’s event. The bill, approved by the South Carolina Legislature, removes the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. Final passage of the bill came early Thursday morning.

The flag will be lowered Friday morning at 10:00 am.

Archived broadcast coverage of Haley's signing here...

The Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House, July 9, 2015.
Jim Covington

  In an historic move, the South Carolina House of Representatives early Thursday morning followed the Senate’s vote with its own vote to take down the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds. Several dozen people braved the noonday sun of the capital grounds Thursday to take pictures, be witnesses to history and soak up the atmosphere in anticipation of the flag’s removal. A number of them reflected on the flag and its meaning, and gave their opinions of the historic event.

The Confederate battle flag that has flown in a prominent spot at South Carolina's Statehouse for more than 50 years is close to being furled and put in a museum, after the state's House of Representatives backed a bill early this morning that would put the flag in a relic room.

After more than 12 hours of debate, the final vote was 94-20.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who is expected to sign the measure into law today, called it "a new day in South Carolina."

In a required third vote, South Carolina's state senators voted to remove the Confederate battle flag from its prominent place flying on the Statehouse grounds. The final tally was 36-3. The House will now take up the issue, perhaps as early as Wednesday.

In both the Senate and the House, a vote on removing the flag will require a two-thirds majority. The bill under consideration would move the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

  People from all walks of life lined up for hours on Friday, June 26 for the funeral of state Sen. Clementa Pinckney. The senator also was the beloved pastor of Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church, where the shooting of nine people at a Bible study the week before shocked the nation. Among those in the line was SCETV President and CEO Linda O’Bryon, who met and interviewed the Rev. Dr. Bill McGill, pastor of Imani Baptist Temple in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as they stood waiting to be admitted to the arena where the funeral was held. McGill shared his thoughts on the occasion, and why he felt its importance compelled him to make the long journey to be in attendance.