Due to scheduling conflicts this event has been cancelled. 

Almost five years after the killings of nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church, a dialogue on how race and violence impacts the religious community continues today.

On Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, at 3 p.m., Mother Emanuel Church will be the site of a panel event titled “Churches, Race and Violence,featuring Alabama’s Sen. Doug Jones, who prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members responsible for the 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, church bombing that killed four African American girls.

The event will also feature a guided discussion with the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning, pastor of Mother Emanuel; the Rev. Anthony Thompson, pastor of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church; and Herbert Frazier and Marjory Wentworth, co-authors of We Are Charleston, Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel. 

College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu will also provide remarks at this event. The College is a co-sponsor.

“I think it will be a moving experience,” says Wentworth, who is the the poet laureate of South Carolina and serves as adjunct faculty in the College’s Department of English.

This is a great educational opportunity just steps away from campus. The event is free and open to the public. Emanuel AME Church is located at 110 Calhoun St. in downtown Charleston.