Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of the nine people killed in Wednesday night’s shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.
Pinckney was 41, and a father of two. He began preaching at age 13, and was appointed as pastor at 18. In 1996, he was elected to South Carolina’s state Senate, and not too long ago, he pushed for legislation to require police officers to wear body cameras.
In the 2012 documentary, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.,” Pinckney was asked why black political participation mattered.
“We don’t have the privilege to say our vote doesn’t count,” Pinckney said, “because history tells us differently.”
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