Shirley Caesar Pays Musical Tribute to Charleston Shooting Victims

_mg_9648-_1_-hrLegendary Gospel artist Shirley Caesar has been slated to pay tribute in song to the nine individuals who lost their lives due to a hate crime in the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina shootings.

Friday, June 17 will mark the the one-year anniversary of the death of the nine church members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, who were shot to death during a Bible study session, and, in their memory, several events have been scheduled to take place.


Caesar, who credits Emanuel AME for  awarding  her her first honorary doctorate degree roughly thirty-five years ago, will be joined by keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Bernice King for a special collaborative performance during the Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication ceremony on June 18.

The singer was also inspired to record “Mother Emanuel,” a single off her latest album, “Fill This House,” by the church which she describes as “therapeutic” and “a reminder of a time in her life when she found difficulty in coming to grips with forgiveness.”

“I remember before the Lord saved me, that I had difficulty in forgiving people,” she said in an interview with Huffpost. “I felt like whenever people did me wrong the first thing I’d say to myself, and I say to them, ‘I don’t deserve this’ and those people [the victims] did not deserve that. And it took me at least two weeks to forgive that boy [Dylann Roof,] for doing what he did to those nine people.”

The 11-time Grammy-award-winner is also set to receive a star of her own on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in time for her 50th anniversary as a solo artist.

By: Danielle Dixon

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