If there is anything this nation needs right now, it’s healing. We are a broken people. No question. Our nation is like a big oozing wound. We are sore in all sorts of places. If you are like me, you are probably wondering where do we go to heal?
We Are Charleston may just help us figure that out.
This nonfiction account in the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel shooting is the collaborative work of my friend and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth, Herb Frazier, award-winning journalist and childhood member of Mother Emanuel, and Dr. Bernard Edward Powers , A.M.E. Church member and professor of history at the College of Charleston.
Drawing from interviews with the family and friends of the “The Emanuel Nine” – those killed during prayer meeting on June 17, 2015 by an angry and racist young white boy – We are Charleston addresses the long history of the church that has always fulfilled a healing role in its community. And now carrying its message of healing to a nation in sore need of it.
This is a story of social justice from slavery to the civil rights movement.
Until then why don’t you hop over to South Carolina Public Radio and listen to the interview with the book’s authors? Click here.