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Charleston Church Shooting: NAACP CEO Cornell Williams Brooks Calls Roof A "Coward"
6/19/2015 4:26:58 PM
Last Updated:
6/19/2015 5:53:50 PM

Cornell William Brooks (center) addresses the crowd at the NAACP press conference June 19. Photo by Tolbert Smalls, Jr.
By Tolbert Smalls, Jr.

On Thursday, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks made a statement regarding the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting: "There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture. Today I mourn as an AME minister, as a student and teacher of scripture, as well as a member of the NAACP."

Today Brooks traveled to Charleston and spoke at the press conference held by the Charleston Branch NAACP at their downtown headquarters on Columbus street. "This shooting was an act of racial terrorism and should be treated as such. We are all shocked by a crime of this magnitude," he said. 

Brooks suggested that the time is now for the South Carolina government take the confederate flag down from its state grounds. He emphatically remarked "This symbol must be taken down! The flag needs to be removed for the state capitol." When the media asked what has to be done to get the flag down, Brooks said a plan will be developed in the coming weeks.

Lonnie Randolph, President of the South Carolina NAACP, was also in attendance. He said that citizens in South Carolina need to get out and vote to see change. "If you are not registered to vote you should be ashamed of yourself. We need to be able to vote to make a difference for everything happening around us." 

The NAACP officials visited the memorial site of the shooting victims after the press conference. Another prayer vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the College of Charleston's TD Arena. 


Visitor Comments

Submitted By: A Lockhart Submitted: 6/21/2015
I am so impressed with this man's composure under extreme stress. I fully believe that this man can be the spokesperson for this terrible tragedy in Charleston. Face the Nation interview.

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