President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy at the funeral of Reverend Clementa Pinckney at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., June 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – President Barack Obama delivered a moving eulogy for the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who was one of the nine who were massacred at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston one week ago Wednesday.
During his eulogy, President Obama spoke about race relations and the Confederate flag. President Obama laced his words with the word “grace” throughout his eulogy. Towards the end of his euglogy, he sang the old hymn, “Amazing Grace,” to the crowd and to the nation who watched via television.
Reverend Pinckney, 41, was the pastor of the Emnuel AME Churuch and was a South Carolina state senator.
The shootings that occured during a bible study reminded the nation that racism is still alive in America. After the alleged shooter was arrested a manifesto surfaced on the internet that spewed racist statement about African Americans, Latinos and Jews.
The president spoke to a crowd of 5,500, some of whom lined up at 3:30 a.m. to get a seat in the civic center where the funeral was held.
President Obama, who knew Reverend Pinckney personally, said aside from the pastor’s resume, he “was a good man.
“We are here today to remember a man of God who lived by faith. A man who believed in things not seen. A man who believed there were better days ahead, off in the distance. A man of service who persevered, knowing full well he would not receive all those things he was promised, because he believed his efforts would deliver a better life for those who followed,” said President Obama about the slain pastor.
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