Thursday, June 18, 2015

National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks gives letter to Cleveland Urban News.Com on the mass murder of nine Black parishioners in Charleston, South Carolina by White suspect Dylann Roof.....Brooks calls for international prayer for the victims and their families....By Cleveland Urban News.Com, Ohio's leader in Black digital news


National NAACP President Cornell William Brooks
By Kathy Wray Coleman, editor-in-chief, Cleveland Urban News. Com and the Cleveland Urban News.Com Blog, Ohio's Most Read Online Black Newspaper and Newspaper Blog. Tel: 216-659-0473. Email: editor@clevelandurbannews.com. Coleman is a 22-year political, legal and investigative journalist who trained for 17 years at the Call and Post Newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. (www.clevelandurbannews.com) / (www.kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com)

A LETTER BELOW TO CLEVELAND URBAN NEWS.COM, OHIO'S LEADER IN BLACK DIGITAL NEWS,  FROM NATIONAL NAACP PRESIDENT CORNELL WILLIAM BROOKS ON THE MASS MURDER OF NINE  AFRICAN-AMERICA PARISHIONERS ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17 AT EMANUEL METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Dear Cleveland Urban News.Com Editor Kathy Wray Coleman,

You've likely heard the news of the nine parishioners were  murdered last night while attending Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

They were killed in cold blood by suspect Dylann Roof, a white man who sat among them during their worship for more than an hour, then opened fire, declaring that "you're raping our women and taking over the country. You have to go."
Suspected mass murderer Dylann Roof 

There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture.  

In these times we feel distraught, but we will not cower when attacked.  I am on my way to fellowship with the Emanuel AME Church community. As we wait for the facts and ponder how anyone could act with such hate, we must stand together and show our support for the Charleston community. (Editor's note: All nine if the victims were Black).

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Now that Dylann Storm Roof has been apprehended, we look forward to justice being served, to him being held accountable, punished swiftly and severely.

Our heartfelt prayers and soul-deep condolences go out to the families and community of the victims. This small gesture can console and unite our community, and our nation as we grapple with the weight of this tragedy.

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In mourning,

Cornell William Brooks, president and CEO of NAACP
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