The people of Charleston continue to amaze us in their strength and grace during this difficult time. The left and the race baiters are trying their best to stir up trouble but the wonderful people of Charleston are just not having it. It’s a beautiful thing!
One woman’s a Cappella version of Amazing Grace appeared to silence the chants of a small group of Malik Shabazz supporters Sunday night outside Emanuel AME where nine people died more than a week ago in a shooting.
Dawn Hill, of Simpsonville, S.C., leaned up against the temporary barricade outside Mother Emanuel Sunday evening and started quietly singing “Amazing Grace” by herself as a group of nearly a dozen people with former New Black Panther Party chairman Malik Shabazz chanted.
Police had followed Shabazz and a group of nearly 60 people to the church from Mall Park on Columbus Street after a rally and march to the church. As they marched, the size of the group tapered off to the small group that started the chant.
As they chanted, police moved in and asked them to respect the wishes of the family, who had asked that no one make any political statements outside the church.
Shabazz is in the white pants and shirt:
But following a high from the Mall Park rally, several people with Shabazz’s group started to chant: “It is our duty to fight for our freedom! It is our duty to win!”
Then, some 20 feet away, Hill started to sing.
She says God told her to so it, just like God told her to board a bus for Charleston on Tuesday. She spends her days handing out water and free hugs and words of encouragement to anyone in need in front of the church.
It took a few verses, but soon several other people joined in, creating a melody that drew the attention of everyone standing outside the church. It even silenced Shabazz’s group, who stopped to watch the singers.
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Shabazz even stepped up in front of Hill and her impromptu gospel quintet and watched them as they sang.
Then, he turned and led his group away from the church towards Meeting Street with several police officers following them. Behind them, the sounds of “Amazing Grace” continued.
Shabazz’s group paused to challenge the officers who asked them to lower their voices, accusing them of racism because they did not try to silence the singers, who were mostly white.
Every member of Shabazz’s group was black.
Shabazz’s group crossed the front of the church again, pointing out the volunteers who were placing flowers and collecting water for the people inside attending Myra Thompson’s viewing lacked a police escort.
The messages of unity and peace have drowned out the voices of political aggression in Charleston since the shootings that killed nine people at Emanuel AME.
Lowcountry civil rights activists came together Wednesday to condemn divisive messages being spread by so-called “hate groups” in the aftermath of last week’s Emanuel AME Church murders.
Elder James Johnson, President of the Charleston chapter of the National Action Network, gathered in Marion Square with other members of the organization today to respond to statements made there Tuesday by supporters of the New Black Panther Party.
“We will not stand back and allow hate to be spread around Charleston,” Johnson said. “A message to all the hate groups who’ve come here to try to divide our community: we will not tolerate that. Not one bit. We are asking them to please leave Charleston with that hate.”
But Shabazz again on Sunday echoed his message from earlier in the week, saying that the black community should not offer forgiveness to Dylann Roof, the man accused of the killings.
Shabazz even mocked those who focused their attention on the many church services: “Fool, they gonna leave you tomorrow!”
Bobby Worthy called the people asking for peace “boot lickers” and “Uncle Toms” during the rally. While he marched through the streets of the upper East Side, he did not appear to be present at Emanuel AME.