Corridor Bulletin Board
June 18, 2015
GULLAH GEECHEE CORRIDOR COMMISSION
EMANUEL AME CHURCH SHOOTING
JOHNS ISLAND, SC--The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission expresses its shock and dismay over the senseless act of violence against the members of Mother Emanuel AME Church on the evening of June 17, 2015, in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
Our hearts go out to the family of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, that great congregation’s pastor and South Carolina state senator, who was among those who were gunned down on last Wednesday evening. We also extend our condolences to the other families who lost loved ones in that massacre.
In the words of Executive Director J. Herman Blake:
In the completely black darkness of the night and early morning, in the deep recesses of moss-laden oak trees, ponds and lagoons where our ancestors toiled for generations, we drop down—our knees to the cold floor—and we seek understanding, we seek solace, we seek a way out of this “no-way”. Our sobbing voices utter unspoken prayers as we gather in supplication to the spirits that have brought us this far by faith.
Our hearts are broken, but we know comfort is there.
Our spirits are strong because we know guidance is there.
Our faith is triumphant because we know our beloved community is here.
“Knee-bone, knee-bone, knee-bone, Oh my Lord.”
Contact: Sharon Scott, Administrative Assistant
United Nations International Decade for
Persons of African Descent
Descendants of slaves: Ancestral land
The United Nations has declared an International Decade for Persons of African Descent. Launched in January, the decade focuses on protecting the rights of people of African heritage, recognizing their contributions and preserving their rich cultural heritage. This also includes the descendants of slaves - the Gullah Geechee people - who live in South Carolina and Georgia in the United States.
UN in Action, Episode #1474 -- 9 April 2015
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