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Charleston Church Shooting: How These Five Survivors Are Guiding America Toward Compassion and Tolerance

To have hatred in our heart, we can't give him that power.

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In 2015, a white supremacist entered one of America’s oldest and most storied black churches and shot 9 people to death. Despite the racially charged terror (which was intended to ignite a race war), the congregation stood strong in their conviction of love triumphing over hatred. Facing the man who killed the people closest to them, 5 women in particular expressed both their anger and hurt as well as their decision to choose forgiveness. They led their community and their country in refusing to retaliate with violence and instead seeking out opportunities for connection and understanding.