• Mother Emanuel’s two hundred yearlong history demonstrates a powerful legacy of faith, community, and resistance to injustice and oppression. As this tribute reveals, the tragedy at Mother Emanuel AME church motivated efforts throughout the city of Charleston, the state of SC, and beyond to expand community awareness to racial violence, and sparked renewed awareness of the injustice across the globe. As former Senator Malcolm Graham of North Carolina, the brother of Mother Emanuel victim Cynthia Graham Hurd, asserted in the months following the shooting: “We can’t simply move on. We’ve got work to do.”

     

    Human Family- Maya Angelou

     

    I note the obvious differences

    in the human family.

    Some of us are serious,

    some thrive on comedy.

     

    Some declare their lives are lived

    as true profundity,

    and others claim they really live

    the real reality.

     

    The variety of our skin tones

    can confuse, bemuse, delight,

    brown and pink and beige and purple,

    tan and blue and white.

     

    I've sailed upon the seven seas

    and stopped in every land,

    I've seen the wonders of the world

    not yet one common man.

     

    I know ten thousand women

    called Jane and Mary Jane,

    but I've not seen any two

    who really were the same.

     

    Mirror twins are different

    although their features jibe,

    and lovers think quite different thoughts

    while lying side by side.

     

    We love and lose in China,

    we weep on England's moors,

    and laugh and moan in Guinea,

    and thrive on Spanish shores.

     

    We seek success in Finland,

    are born and die in Maine.

    In minor ways we differ,

    in major we're the same.

     

    I note the obvious differences

    between each sort and type,

    but we are more alike, my friends,

    than we are unalike.

     

    We are more alike, my friends,

    than we are unalike.

     

    We are more alike, my friends,

    than we are unalike.