The widow of a state senator killed last year at a Charleston church last year has accepted an honor on his behalf.
Jennifer Pinckney accepted a posthumous Doctorate of Ministry degree on Monday from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Her husband, Clementa Pinckney was working on a thesis at the time dealing with his dual role as public servant and minister.
“A few years ago, I remember Clementa telling us about this day, the day he would graduate, and that the whole family would be here,” Jennifer Pinckney said in a brief acceptance speech. “Boy, how life can change in an instant.”
Pinckney was one of nine people shot and killed last June during a night Bible study at the Emanuel AME Church where he was pastor.
Wesley’s school’s faculty voted unanimously to award the degree to Pinckney’s wife on his behalf. In a statement, the school reasoned Pinckney’s “final act of courage in his Bible study” was enough for the “completion” of his ministry doctorate.