The families of the victims and the members of Emanuel AME Church were the true heroes of last week’s tragedy. Their leadership in expressing forgiveness was an inspiration.

Never have I seen more love and graciousness come from any group, and I know I share the sentiments of many when I express profound thanks to them.

None of that lessens their grief, but they are examples of one of my favorite quotes: “Even when you can’t control the situation, you can control yourself. Act with grace and dignity.”

They have done just that.

Harriet Hutto

Old State Road

Holly Hill