Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, father and pastor of Emmanuel AME. Rev. Sharona Singleton, 45, mother, track coach, speech therapist. Myra Thompson, 59, wife, Vicar of The Church of the Holy Trinity. Tywanza Sanders, 26, recent graduate, dreamed to be a barbershop owner. Ethel Lee Lance, 70, grandmother, heart of the community. Cynthia Hurd, 54, faithful library employee, servant of the community. Rev. Daniel L. Simons, Sr., 74, retired pastor of Emmanuel AME. Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49, mother, college enrollment counselor. Susie Jackson, 87, longtime church member, aunt of Tywanza Sanders.
This is a good place to start. And, despite all the other things I could say and have been thinking about how to say since the racist terror attack on a historic symbol of community strength, this is a good place to end. For now.
Jump to hope, but not yet too high; the shaken, newborn bird of grief needs to learn to fly.