Friday marks the first anniversary of the shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Nine black parishioners were shot and killed by a white supremacist during a Bible study on June 17, 2015 in a shooting that stunned South Carolina and .
NAACP Charleston branch president Dot Scott told South Carolina Radio Network that the community came together after the tragedy. “There weren’t any riots or anything when compared to Ferguson,” Scott said
The dead, six women and three men, were Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Myra Thompson, Ethel Lance, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor and Susie Jackson
The morning after the attack, police arrested 21-year-old Dylann Roof in Shelby, North Carolina. According to prosecutors, Roof later confessed that he committed the shooting in hopes of igniting a race war.
There are several events planned Friday:
10 a.m. — An ecumenical service remembering the victims and honoring the survivors and members of Mother Emanuel AME Church will be held at College of Charleston’s TD Arena. The event is sponsored by the presiding bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church the Right Rev. Richard Franklin Norris.
4 p.m. — A service for members of Emanuel AME and city leaders entitled”After Charleston: Commemoration, Healing and Hope” will be held at Emanuel AME Church itself.
7 p.m. — An event “After Charleston: The Sacred Space” that’s designed for worship and reflection inside Mother Emanuel will be held inside the church itself.