The Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center is gearing up to the host the Empowering Our Community with Hope & Healing Following the Mother Emanuel Massacre Conference September 12 – 13, 2019 at the Charleston Marriott located at 170 Lockwood Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29403.
The conference will serve as the culminating event for the project supported by Award No. 2016-RF-GX-0001 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice. Mass shootings are very serious, and within the past year unfortunately, they have been at the center of many headline news stories. Whenever these events occur the victims’ families are left to figure out how to create a “new normal” without their loved one. However, when the mass shooting is a hate crime, and occurs in a church, a place that has historically been considered a safe place for the community, the trauma is compounded.
The Empowering Our Community with Hope & Healing Following the Mother Emanuel Massacre Conference will provide members of Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, survivors, victims’ families, faith-based communities, victim advocates and helping professionals with the opportunity gain insight and hope from attending workshops such as Race-Based Trauma 101, The Intersection of Faith, Race & Culture After a Mass Violent Event, Thriving in the Wake of Trauma, Transitioning from Pain to Purpose, just to name a few. Day One of the Conference is for the members of Mother Emanuel AME Church, survivors and the family members of the Emanuel Nine. Day Two will include the participants from Day One, faith-based community members, victims and helping professionals. The workshops will be informative and offer hope and healing.
On Day Two, workshops will be divided into three tracks: faith-based community, victims and helping professionals. There will be musical performances and time for reconnecting with family members and friends. The Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center, the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and the U.S. Department of Justice/U.S. Attorney’s Office District of South Carolina are partnering to host the Conference for the those who were directly impacted by the Mother Emanuel Massacre, First Responders, Helping Professionals and the Faith-Based Community.
For more information about the Empowering Our Community with Hope & Healing Following the Emanuel Nine Massacre, contact the Mother Emanuel Empowerment Center at (843) 724- 9035.