Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church 2018 Emanuel 9 Commemoration


Saturday, June 16, 2018 – 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Time of Fellowship For Mother Emanuel Members, Emanuel 9 Family Members, and Survivors…

*** Note: Private Event – By Invitation Only

The Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center will be hosting a bar-b-que for the congregation, family members of the Emanuel 9 and survivors. A time for fun, fellowship, and reconnecting.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 – 9:30 AM: Morning Worship Service

Mother Emanuel AME Church – 110 Calhoun Street

A Worship Service in Remembrance of the Emanuel 9 and Recognition of the 5 Survivors – The guest preacher for this worship service will be the Reverend Matthew L. Watley, Executive Pastor of the Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland. During the worship service, there will be the presentation of the 2018 Mother Emanuel Leadership Awards. The community is invited to join the Mother Emanuel congregation for this special worship experience.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 – 6:00 PM: Community Bible Study

Mother Emanuel AME Church – 110 Calhoun Street

The Wednesday Evening Bible Study will be co-facilitated by the Reverend Eric Manning and the Reverend Anthony Thompson, husband of Mrs. Myra Thompson – one of the Emanuel 9. The Praise and Worship Team from Seacoast Church will join Mother Emanuel and the Charleston community in an evening of worship, remembrance, and Bible study.

Thursday, June 21, 2018: “Calling All Colors” – Event For Middle School Students – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Mother Emanuel AME Church – 110 Calhoun Street

The 2018 “Calling All Colors” event will convene middle school age youth from across the community for a day of interactive sessions that address issues of tolerance, respect, inclusion, and unity. Speakers for the event will include community leaders, education leaders, elected officials, and artists. Each year the day ends with an “urn burn” ceremony where youth will have the opportunity to visibly demonstrate their commitment to rid themselves of every thought that they have had about another gender, ethnic group, person, community, etc. that has been characteristic of the “isms” that seek to divide vs. unite.

Saturday, June 23, 2018: Emanuel 9 Rally for Unity  8:30 am – 12:30 PM

With Keynote Speaker – Rev. Dr. Jamal H. Bryant– Empowerment Temple AME Church, Baltimore, Md.  Other Confirmed Speakers – Mayor John Tecklenburg, Sen. Marlon Kimpson, & Bree Newsome….Musical Guest Artists Include Joan Baez, “Daniel D.”, & Others

Marion Square – 329 Meeting Street

On June 17, 2015, the largest racially motivated mass murder in recent American history occurred. Nine members of Mother Emanuel AME Church were shot to death during a Bible Study with an illegally purchased gun in an effort to spark a race riot. During the 3rd Anniversary of the Mother Emanuel 9 tragedy, all are invited to join our “Call to Action” to end gun violence and acquire racial reconciliation in celebration of the lives and legacies of the victims and survivors. Family members of the Emanuel 9 and survivors have been invited to speak at the event.

“Rallying for Unity” serves as an event to promote love, to embrace diversity, inspire dialogue and change behaviors that will result in racial reconciliation and “common sense” gun laws. The divisive state of affairs globally requires a “Call to Action”, reminding all that “Love is Our Mission”. Entertainment will be provided by renowned violinist “Daniel D.”, Mr. Underrated, Lawrence Gordon Gospel, Benjamin Starr, The Dear Charleston Project, and others. Register for #Emanuel9RallyforUNITY

Sunday, June 24, 2018: The 3rd Annual “Morning Grace” Gospel Finale 4:30 PM – Mother Emanuel AME Church – 110 Calhoun Street

Morning Grace is the grand finale of 3rd year annual commemoration in celebration of the lives and legacies of the Emanuel 9 and honoring the survivors, families, congregation and the community. The theme this year is “WE SURVIVE”. The performances of the artists will evoke the spirit of survival of a people. Morning Grace is the kind of grace that comes after our June 17th, 2015 midnight.

Performance artists include the Mother Emanuel Mass Choir, harpist Holly Avesian, Carl Bright & Family, June Dupree, liturgical dancer Stephen Polite, Mario Desaussure, Crystal Brown, Mike Brown & FOCUS, the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, and many more.

Other Community Events

June 1 – 30, 2018: A Moment Of Silence…To Love

John L. Dart Library – 1067 King Street

In honor of the life of Cynthia Graham Hurd, her kindness and her service, the community is invited to visit the library and write a note of gratitude for the “A Moment of Silence … to Love” display. In addition, children will receive a free book provided by the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation. Supplies are limited, and books will be available to the first 100 children who participate.

Saturday, June 16 – Saturday, June 30, 2018: Exhibit: The Life and Legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd

Charleston County Public Library (Lobby) – 68 Calhoun Street

View photos that document librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd’s 31-year career with Charleston County Public Library and the legacy she created through the lives she touched in the Charleston community and around the country. Selected materials on Mother Emanuel AME Church and the Emanuel 9 will also be on display.

Monday, June 18 – Saturday, June 23, 2018: Kindness Rocks (For All Ages) Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library – 1735 N. Woodmere Drive

Activities include the following: (a) Help spread kindness in Charleston County by decorating kindness rocks to hide around town; (b) Kind Cards from Kids: Want to help brighten another person’s day? Stop by the Children’s Department and find all the supplies you need to write a kind note to someone. (c) Food Drive: Stop by the library to donate non-perishable food that will be given to Lowcountry Food Bank; and (d) Pledge to Read: Visit the Children’s Department to sign a reading pledge, and receive a book provided by the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation while supplies last.

Thursday, June 21, 2018 – 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm: The 2nd Annual Charleston Forum   

Charleston Music Hall – 37 John Street

The Charleston Forum will seek to engage a diverse audience and facilitators from across the community, state, and nation to continue the dialogue around issues of education equity, reform, and the achievement gap. For more information and updates, please visit their website at

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