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Emanuel AME Church shooting anniversary events dubbed Light of Hope

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The Hate Won't Win Unity Walk will be held Saturday

Hundreds gathered last year for the first "Hate Won't Win Unity Walk" to honor the Emanuel AME Church shooting victims. The walk will be held again at 9 a.m. Saturday starting at King and Calhoun streets and conclude at the Gaillard Center with a speaker from the American Civil Liberties Union. File/Michael Wiser/Staff

Here is the full list of Light of Hope events:

June 16: From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Youth basketball tournament at the Charleston Charter School of Math & Science, 1002 King St. Teams will gather for healthy competition and community bonding to remember the nine who died and celebrate the youngest victim, 26-year-old Tywanza Sanders. 

June 16: From 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Charleston Forum on Race, Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. Discussions will focus on racial issues, including economics, education, policing and criminal justice. Speakers include victims' loved ones along with political, civil rights and criminal justice leaders. Go to to register.

June 16 and June 17: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tour of the Borough House, 35 Calhoun St., an original home of the historic “Borough” community, one of the earliest middle-class, historic African-American communities. 

June 17: From 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. "Hate Won’t Win Unity Walk." Begins at King and Calhoun streets. March honors the nine who died and the shooting survivors and unites people of all races, religions and backgrounds to spread love across the world. Walk concludes on the lawn of the Gaillard Center with remarks by Jeff Robinson, deputy legal director and director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality of the American Civil Liberties Union. 

June 17: 1 p.m. Ecumenical Worship Service, "In Remembrance of the Emanuel 9 and Recognition of the Survivors," the Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St. Features clergy and choirs from across the community and keynote speaker the Rev. Dr. Joel Gregory, chair in preaching and evangelism at the George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University. Free ticket required from

June 17 and June 24: From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. "A Moment of Silence…To Read." John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St. The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation will provide free books for children to celebrate the life of Hurd, a longtime librarian who died in the shooting.

June 17: Acts of Amazing Grace 2017, part of a worldwide virtual project designated to encourage people to respond to the June 17, 2015, massacre with acts of kindness. Buy a cup of coffee for a neighbor, organize a food drive, make a donation to a worthy cause, read to a child. The possibilities are endless.  

June 18: 9:30 p.m. Worship service at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St. Join the Mother Emanuel family for its regular Sunday morning worship service.

June 19: From noon to 5 p.m. The Myra Thompson School Supply Distribution, Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church, 51 Bull St. The family of shooting victim Myra Thompson will sponsor a school supply distribution for students in grades K through 12. Thompson was a committed educator who impacted countless students and young adults. Call 843-885-4747.

June 20: From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Calling All Colors: An Event for Youth" at Emanuel AME Church. Provides middle school students a chance to take part in workshops and forums on topics such as diversity, tolerance, respect and inclusion. The event features Alana Simmons, whose grandfather the Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr. died in the shooting. Alana Simmons is founder of the organization “Hate Won’t Win." The event is free, but registration is required at or

June 21: 2 p.m. Cynthia Graham Hurd Branch Library anniversary, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive, West Ashley. 

June 21: 6 p.m. Emanuel AME Church ecumenical Bible Study. Will be co-led by Emanuel AME pastor the Rev. Eric S.C. Manning and the Rev. Anthony Thompson, husband of Myra Thompson, who led the Bible Study the night of the June 17, 2015, shooting. 

June 21: From 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. "Tables of Ten," various locations in the city of Charleston, including the park at The Battery, Hampton Park, Thomson Park and the Alhambra Hall lawn. This citywide pop-up Bible study event will reconvene for its second year. Groups will engage in a special Bible studies in remembrance of the shooting victims who were gathered for their Bible study when they died. For more, go to

June 24: From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Samaritan’s Feet Project, Charleston Progressive Academy, 382 Meeting St. In partnership with the Samaritan’s Feet International Organization, Emanuel AME Church will distribute new tennis shoes for youth in grades K through 12. Emanuel will be joined with partners from the Samaritan’s Feet Project, Coca-Cola and others to provide this ministry for the community.

June 25: From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Commemoration finale “Morning Grace” concert at Emanuel AME. Features artists including Charlton Singleton, Ann Caldwell, the Seacoast Church Choir and Band, Lowcountry Voices, Mario Desaussure and Marjory Wentworth, state poet laureate. The event is free, but a ticket is required. Go to

June 1-30: Exhibit of The Life and Legacy of Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd at the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. Hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit with photos and other artifacts that recognize Hurd.

June 17-30: Quilt and Memorabilia Exhibit, Arch Building, 85 Calhoun St. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. After the shooting on June 17, 2015, the church received thousands of memorabilia and hundreds of quilts from around the world. The exhibit will include a sampling.

June 19–26: Tours of Emanuel AME Church. Hours for tours are 10 a.m. to noon Monday-Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Group tours should be scheduled through the church’s office at 843-722-2561.

Contact Jennifer Hawes at (843) 937-5563 or follow her on Twitter @jenberryhawes.

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