Today marks one year since nine prayer warriors were senselessly murdered during Midweek Prayer at Emanuel A.M.E. Church. This week is marked by anguish and disbelief at another senseless slaughter when 49 people at the Pulse Club were mudered and 53 wounded. What is remarkable and true is the strength of people to rise from despair. The widow of Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Jennifer Pinckney said “there is hope that there is going to be a better tomorrow.” She is not alone as this voice of hope rose from the massacre in Orlando.
View Mrs. Jennifer Pinckney reflecting on being a survivor with her daughter at Emanuel A.M.E. on the evening of June 17th. Hear the grandmother of Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s sing Amazing Grace when his portrait is unveiled in the South Carolina State House.
It was her first trip to Orlando and Patience Carter and Akyra Murray ran when they heard shots in Pulse. When they realized their friend Tiara Parker was missing, they turned back to get her. They hid in the bathroom. In that harrowing hostage space they were shot and injured. Akyra did not survive. Patience wrote a poem in the mixed space of guilt and gratefulness.
Hope and Love Last Longer The week began with reflections on Hamilton the Musical and it seems apropos to end with the poem Lin-Manuel Miranda gave at the Tony’s Sunday night.
and Love is Love is Love is Love