As the nation grapples with the horrific shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The King Center -- a community institution inspired by and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy -- published a series of meaningful tweets we should all read and remember.
A white gunman in his early 20s opened fire at the historic black church on Wednesday night, killing nine people. He has not yet been captured.
But as the manhunt continues, the King Center's tweets remind us that even in moments of terrorism and horrific violence against black lives, we must “defy hate with truth and love.”
And, despite the number of times we must declare it, #BlackLivesMatter.
Read the truthful tweets below:
2) We believe that nonviolence is not just about our physical response, but includes our social media communication. #Charleston
3) We HAVE to be conscious of how our social media response can cause unrest or be detrimental.
4) In the spirit and philosophy of Dr. King & Mrs. King, we are diametrically opposed to racism, hate, war and violence. #Charleston
5) As the #Charleston police deem this horrific act a hate crime, we pray vigorously that this person's hate does not cultivate more hate.
6) We implore the #Charleston police to be continuously vigilant in apprehending the person (or persons) responsible.
7) It is critical that we bring "solid thinking," wisdom, a global, comprehensive perspective and transparency to the table. #Charleston
10) To the black children across this nation who are inundated with news and experiences of racism and injustice: Your life MATTERS.
11) Terrorism: Violent acts intended to create fear, perpetrated for an economic, religious, political, or ideological goal. #Charleston