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College of Charleston

On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof shot and killed nine black parishioners at a bible study at Emanuel AME church in Charleston. Affectionately known as Mother Emanuel, the church has been a source of African-American pride and resilience since its founding nearly 200 years ago. It was the Southernmost church in the first black religious denomination in the U.S.

To find out more about the church’s importance in African-American history, WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen spoke with College of Charleston History Professor Bernard Powers. He studies the African Methodist Episcopal church and is a co-author of the book We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Churches pride themselves on welcoming strangers, even ones that may look odd or distressed. But the killings in Charleston have pushed many congregations to wonder how they can continue to extend a welcoming hand without comprising their safety.

A large crowd rallied Saturday against the presence of the Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, calling it a “symbol of hate.” Several people spoke at the rally, which lasted more than an hour. The crowd chanted "take it down" and ended the rally by singing "We Shall Overcome."  The rally came three days after the shooting deaths of nine people in a massacre at the black Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

Michael Tomsic

“We've got just what you need.”

That's basically what Boeing is hearing this week from leaders in the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes - and win the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that come with them.