CHARLESTON DECLARES VICTORY IN THE VALLEY
JUNE 17, 2015 is etched in our memories as the day that 9 Christian martyrs were senselessly murdered exercising their faith in prayer. Now known as the Emanuel 9, we are reminded that we must be vigilant to end gun violence that snuffs out lives daily across this country. One year later, Charleston braces to remember and re-commit. Let us pray for and act with the Seventh Episcopal District.
Do what you can, where you are…….. Senseless gun violence is at your back and front doors …. Make it go away…… We can do this.
That includes VOTING is the upcoming series of elections – It matters who is making laws!!
The Agenda for the 9 Days of remembering is below. Spread the word!
AME Social Action Commission
Bishop Reginald T Jackson, Chair
Mrs. Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, Director
For Immediate Release – Media Advisory – June 3, 2016
Emanuel A.M.E. Church Announces June 15 to 26, 2016 “Victory in the Valley” Calendar to Commemorate the Mother Emanuel Nine, And Honor the Families, Survivors & Church Members
Cities all over the world are planning commemoration programs and events for the first-year anniversary of the June 17, 2015 tragedy at Emanuel A.M.E. Church (EAMEC), 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC, 29401. Several organizations (churches, the public library, houses of worship and others) have partnered with the AME Church of South Carolina, Mother Emanuel, the city of Charleston and others to provide opportunities for youth and people of all ages to engage in meaningful dialogue about unity among all races.
The when, what and where for June 15-26 are listed in date order to assist those planning to participate from near and far. The why: “Victory in the Valley” programming is designed to remember the lives of the victims while honoring their families, the survivors and members of Mother Emanuel. Ticketed events are noted with double asterisks (**).
Wednesday, June 15th at 6:00p.m.
Ecumenical Bible Study (Part I) led by Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson
EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 / Call 843.722.2561.
Thursday, June 16th at 1:00p.m.
Senior Citizens Luncheon sponsored by South Carolina Representative Jenny Horne
EAMEC / Fellowship Hall / 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Friday, June 17th at 10:00a.m.
An Ecumenical Service Remembering the Mother Emanuel Nine and Honoring the Survivors & Members of Mother Emanuel AME Church sponsored by The Right Reverend Richard Franklin Norris, Presiding Bishop of the Seventh Episcopal District and The Seventh Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
College of Charleston, T. D. Arena, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401
RSVP by June 9, 2016 at (803) 935-0500. Ticket holders only.
Friday, June 17th from 4-5:30pm
After Charleston: Commemoration, Healing and Hope
This is a culminating service for members of the church, leaders in Charleston, and city leaders from across the country. EAMEC / 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 / Public Event
Friday, June 17th at 6:00p.m.
Charleston Community Supper sponsored by Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston at 342 Meeting Street / Charleston, SC 29403 / Public Event
Friday, June 17th at 7:00p.m.
After Charleston: The Sacred Space
This is an event designed for individuals to experience the sacred space of Mother Emanuel for a time of worship, prayer and reflection. Worship Leaders are: Will Reagan of United Pursuit; Freddy Washington of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and Worship Leaders of Charleston
Sponsored by Mother Emanuel, After Charleston, Civilitas Group, 1Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and New Metropolitan
EAMEC / 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401 / Public Event
For real time event details: Twitter: @aftercharleston; Facebook:
Friday, June 17th at 9:30p.m.
After Charleston: The Activation
This is an event designed for individuals to participate in a summit and mixer designed to equip them to become active in the pursuit of unifying the city of Charleston. The event will include music infused with the insight of some notable national figures. Locations: TBD
Sponsored by Mother Emanuel, After Charleston, Civilitas Group, 1Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul. Send RSVPs to email@example.com.
Saturday, June 18th at 7:30a.m.
Prayer Breakfast hosted by South Carolina State Senators Margie Bright Matthews and Marlon Kimpson
Francis Marion Hotel / 387 King Street / Charleston, SC 29403 / Public Event
Reservations are requested due to limited seating. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, June 18th from 8:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.
Samaritan’s Feet sponsored by EAMEC & Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated / Buist Academy, 103 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 / Registration is required for school-aged children to receive free socks and tennis shoes at:
Saturday, June 18th from 11:00a.m. to 2:30p.m.
A Walk of Unity and Thanksgiving sponsored by EAMEC and the Hate Won’t Win Movement / Begin walk at Marion Square at 11:00a.m. (overflow at Wragg Square); End walk at Gaillard Center Lawn (95 Calhoun St.) / To register for the walk visit:
Release of doves: unity & healing ceremony at 11:30a.m.
Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication Ceremony at 12:30p.m. with keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Bernice King and Rev. Shirley Caesar performing
Saturday, June 18th from 2:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.
Mother Emanuel Quilt Exhibition at 85 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 (The Arch Building)
Sunday, June 19th at 8:00a.m.
Service of the Bells led by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 19th at 9:30a.m.
Worship Service with Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
June 20th to 25th
Love Week is all about compassion, selflessness and service.
Monday, June 20th from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Borough House Tour at 35 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
Tuesday, June 21st from 10a.m. to 2:00p.m.
Putting People to Work Career Fair sponsored by EAMEC with Spherion Staffing Services & Representative Wendell Gaillard at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
Tuesday, June 21st
International Day of Kindness / for everyone – everywhere / information will be posted online at:
Wednesday, June 22nd from 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Project Cool Breeze Distribution sponsored by EAMEC and Representative Wendell Gaillard at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
Wednesday, June 22nd at 6:00p.m.
Ecumenical Bible Study (Part II) led by Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
Thursday, June 23rd from 8:00a.m. to 12noon
Habitat for Humanity sponsored by EAMEC and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at the Pope Francis House
Thursday, June 23rd from 8:30a.m. to 4:00p.m.
Calling All Colors sponsored by EAMEC / for 12-14 year old children / a celebration of multiculturalism at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
Friday, June 24th from 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m.
Voices from the Valley, Racial Justice Panel at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401
Saturday, June 25th from 8:00a.m. to 8:00p.m.
Youth Basketball Tournament for 8-15 year old children co-sponsored by EAMEC and the city of Charleston’s Recreation Department, Arthur Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne St.
Saturday, June 25th from 9:00a.m. to 11:00a.m.
Adopt-a-Neighborhood / sponsored by EAMEC and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church / Location: TBD
Saturday, June 25th from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m.
“Morning Grace: Coming Home to Mother” – Grand Finale / Gospel Concert featuring jazz and gospel vocalist Ann Caldwell as Mistress of Ceremonies, the Lowcountry Voices and other guest artists at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 (**)
Saturday, June 25th from 8:00pm to 9:00p.m.
Candlelight Vigil at EAMEC / 110 Calhoun St. / Charleston, SC 29401 and Service of the Bells led by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, June 26th
Mayor John Tecklenburg, Mayor of the city of Charleston (Charleston, SC) has proclaimed this day as Mother Emanuel and Survivors Day in the city of Charleston.
To find a listing of other programs and events sponsored by other entities, visit the city of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs’ website at: http://www.charlestonarts.org/about-cultural-affairs-charleston/
Attendees should bring as few personal items as possible as you will go through airport-like security. Cameras and purses are permitted. No large bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed at the events.
Send all media inquiries to: email@example.com or call the church at 843.722.2561.
Dr. Maxine Smith / Emanuel AME Church / Public Relations / (843) 696.8637 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. S. Prescott Harris II / Special Assistant to the Pastor and Chief of Staff for the Office of Public
Engagement / (202) 503-9478 / prescott@bettydeasclark