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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Bay Area Vigils Planned for Victims of Charleston Church Shooting

Posted By on Thu, Jun 18, 2015 at 12:41 PM

click to enlarge BY CAL SR FROM NEWPORT, NC, US - EMANUEL AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL (AME) CHURCH. LICENSED UNDER CC BY 2.0 VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • by Cal Sr from Newport, NC, US - Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
Bay Area residents are planning to gather and mourn the nine victims of an apparent white supremacist terrorist attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. 

In San Francisco, a candlelight vigil is planned for 8:00 p.m. in front of the Joseph Lee Gymnasium (1395 Mendell Street) in the Bayview. Attendees are asked to wear white or red (traditional African colors for morning, according to the Facebook page) and to bring a candle. 

One of the organizers of the vigil, Etecia Brown, writes by email:

We are holding a vigil in SF to show our support and pay our condolences to those murdered in Charleston. It is important that San Francisco stand in solidarity with the rest of the nation especially since SF is being so rapidly gentrified and is currently experiencing a spike in racial biases and discrimination.

We are lighting a candle tonight to call upon our ancestors to protect us during this time of chaos and to welcome the victims into an easy transition. This vigil is welcome to all and is being held in front of Joseph Lee Gym in the Bayview, a community landmark, and also the site where Kenneth Harding was murdered by SFPD in 2011. 

The UC Berkeley Black Students Union has organized a vigil at 6:30 p.m. on the steps of Sproul Plaza. Attendees are asked to bring a candle. 

Those who wish to donate to the Emanual AME Church can do so here

We will update this list if other events are announced. 


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