Harlem Leaders Appalled By Charleston Church Shooting

June 18, 2015

sharptonHarlem leaders expressed shock and outrage Thursday over the South Carolina church massacre.

 

The Rev. Al Sharpton called the mass killing “one of the most horrendous acts that I have ever seen.”

“To walk into a church and kill nine people in a place that should be sacred is a new low in hate and atrocities in this country,” Sharpton said in a news conference at the National Action Network’s Harlem headquarters. “None of us are safe if we cannot go to a church for Bible study.”

Sharpton said he had been close with one of the victims — State Sen. Clementa Pinckney.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Harlem World Magazine, 2521 1/2 west 42nd street, Los Angeles, CA, 90008, https://www.harlemworldmagazine.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Pinckney, 41, was also the pastor of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, where authorities say gunman Dylann Roof fatally shot nine people Wednesday night.

“When I was there in April he joined our prayer vigil for Walter Scott who was killed by police,” Sharpton said.

The Rev. Reginald Lee Bachus, associate pastor at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, said that the community was rocked by the news of the shooting.

“This is a sad day — it used to be that the house of the Lord was our only sanctuary,” he said. “I think it’s horrific and we are absolutely enraged and just devastated that this would happen.”

Edited for HW. Read the entire story here >>>

We're your source for local coverage, we count on your support. SPONSOR US!
Your support is crucial in maintaining a healthy democracy and quality journalism. With your contribution, we can continue to provide engaging news and free access to all.
accepted credit cards

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related Articles