"The patriot who can't admit that his or her country needs to keep working harder to be a better place is no patriot at all."
I find myself at a loss for words.
Today I am reminding myself to spread LOVE and to never be silent.
To spread awareness and to be used as a tool for that awareness.
For today, I just want to honor the lives lost.
The nine people fatally shot at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church:
Clementa Pinckney, 41, the primary pastor who also served as a state senator.
Cynthia Hurd, 54, St. Andrews regional branch manager for the Charleston County Public Library system.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, a church pastor, speech therapist and coach of the girls’ track and field team at Goose Creek High School.
Tywanza Sanders, 26, who had a degree in business administration from Allen University, where Pinckney also attended.
Ethel Lance, 70, a retired Gailliard Center employee who has worked recently as a church janitor.
Susie Jackson, 87, Lance’s cousin who was a longtime church member.
DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, a retired director of the local Community Development Block Grant Program who joined the church in March as a pastor.
Myra Thompson, 59, a pastor at the church.
Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, a pastor, who died in a hospital operating room
Here is a link for more details: http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/charleston-church-shooting-victims/
I will never comprehend the acts of such violence and such hate.
In a church, IN A CHURCH. Where people got to seek comfort and solace.
My heartbreaks for the families.