LOWCOUNTRY TO RESPOND TO “HOLY CITY MASSACRE”
|| By FITSNEWS || Organizations across the South Carolina Lowcountry are gathering this coming weekend to form a “unity chain” across the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. bridge.
The event – which hopes to draw 3,000 people – is in response to this week’s horrific “Holy City Massacre,” in which a 21-year-old white gunman has confessed to murdering nine black parishioners after attending their Bible study at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston, S.C. One of the victims was the church’s pastor – S.C. Senator Clementa Pinckney.
“Hate is taught, you are not born with it. I think it is important to teach our children unity, love and respect,” one of the event organizers said in a statement.
The rally will begin at 7:45 p.m. EDT on Sunday evening (June 21, 2015) on the Mount Pleasant, S.C. side of the Ravenel bridge. At around 8:00 p.m. EDT, event organizers hope to have participants link arms across the iconic span.
“The entire Charleston area is united in support for members of Mother Emanuel AME Church and shares in the grief of her families,” former Mt. Pleasant mayor Cheryll Woods-Flowers said. “We are one in our strength, pride and in our love.”
Those wishing to reference the event on Twitter should use the hashtag #unitychaincharleston.
Meanwhile up in Columbia, S.C., a “Take The Flag Down” rally has been scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EDT at the S.C. State House. For more information on that event, click here.