Earlier today President Barack Obama, aka Preacher in Chief, aka Reverend President gave the eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney in front of thousands of mourners at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena.
Reverend Pinckney was one of nine Mother Emanuel AME Church members who were murdered during bible study last Wednesday June 17, 2015.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Obama in remembering the life of slain pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney delivered an impassioned call on Friday for unity and racial understanding. Thousands of people packed an arena at the College of Charleston to pay their respects to Pinckney who was killed with eight other worshippers at the historic Emanuel AME Church. Obama played to the role of both pastor and president during his eulogy, leading the crowd in a loud and joyful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” “Blinded by hatred, the alleged killer would not see the grace surrounding Reverend Pinckney and that Bible study group, the light of love that shown as they opened the church doors and invited a stranger to join in their prayer circle,” Obama said of the killings in which a 21-year-old man, Dylann Roof, apparently motivated by racial hatred, is alleged to have killed nine black worshippers during a Wednesday night Bible study. “The alleged killer could have never anticipated the way the families of the fallen would respond when they saw him in court in the midst of unspeakable grief, with words of forgiveness. He couldn’t imagine that.”
Funeral services for Ethel Lance and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton were held yesterday.
I saw the the entire service on C-SPAN. Didn’t want any commercial interruptions or news anchors running their mouths during the service. President Obama gave a fantastic eulogy. I felt like I was back in church for the first time in years.
During the latter part of the eulogy President Obama broke out into his version of Amazing Grace.
Rest in Peace Reverend Clementa Pinckney. And rest in peace to Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Reverend Daniel Simmons and Myra Thompson.