NOBCO Mourns the Loss of One of Our Own, Senator Clementa Pinckney

NOBCO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

NOBCO Mourns the Loss of One of Our Own, Senator Clementa Pinckney

Washington, DC – June 24, 2015 – The National Organization of Black County Officials, Inc. (NOBCO), under the leadership of Board Chairman, Commissioner Roy C. Brooks, from Tarrant County, TX, on behalf of our organization expresses great sadness as we mourn with the nation over the tragic death of nine innocent human beings in a senseless act of violence. As an organization of elected and appointed county officials, it is with deepest regret that we have lost Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, a member of the State Legislature. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1996 at the age of 23 and the Senate in 2000 made him the youngest African American elected to the South Carolina Legislature. Senator Pinckney represented the 45th district comprised of Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties.

Senator Pinckney was a man of God and had pastored since the age of 18. Since 2010, Rev. Pinckney was the pastor of the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church where he and eight of his members met their violent and untimely death. On the fateful Wednesday evening of June 17, 2015, nine Americans were confronted with domestic terrorism fueled by racial hatred ignited and executed during Bible Study. God-loving Christians welcomed the stranger into their midst and became victims of some of the most divisive conditions in our nation resulting in senseless deaths.

In these days of escalating racial tensions and too much cruelty and violence inflicted upon African Americans, NOBCO, representing African American elected and appointed county officials across America raise our voices to join with others in lamenting who we are as a divided nation. It is time for us to realize our greatest strength…our unity.   What will it take for us to truly be the United States? Today it begins with the removal of the confederate flag flying over state houses in our nation. We applaud those officials that have called for the removal of this symbol of division in our nation. Today it begins with educating and re-educating our children to love and not hate one another because of the color of our skin.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Today is the time to refocus our energies toward the realization of the beloved community that encompasses all. To allow hate to rule the day is counterproductive to a vibrant and thriving America for which we can ALL be proud. Today, NOBCO stands for one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

To the Honorable Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Tywanza Sanders, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Rev. Sharonda Coleman Singleton, and Myra Thompson, may you all rest in peace.

For more information, please contact Helen Holton, NOBCO Executive Director, at (443) 364-8581, or hholton@nobco.org.

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