Grace is defined as forgiveness, compassion, a state of sanctification.
Grace is what was manifested by the families of the Emanuel AME Nine in their response to the alleged shooter, Dylann Roof.
Grace is the default status of people of good will.
And I believe Charleston is populated by such people.
On Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5 and 6, the Days of Grace March and Rally (www.daysofgracecharleston.org) aims to bring together those who need healing and to honor those we have lost.
The march and rally will convene at Wragg Square at 9 a.m. There will be a conference at the ILA Local 1422, 1142 Morrison Drive, until 6 p.m. Organizers of the conference plan to strategize around an agenda of issues including an end to discriminatory policing, expanding voter rights, a living wage, Medicaid expansion, quality education and ending gun violence.
At this nexus of heartbreak and hard work on the part of groups like Black Lives Matter, the American consciousness appears to be awakening to the hard truth: that our country’s underlying power structure is, at its heart, a white supremacist one.
We must confront this paradigm and simultaneously empower our citizens with another truth — that through a shared vision comes unity.
The world witnessed the grace of individuals most directly affected by the Charleston tragedy. Now we have a unique opportunity for solidarity of purpose within our community and our state. Now is the time to put away apathy and cynicism and fear and come out for this march and conference.
Charleston, the world is still watching.