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NAACP and AME Church Lay Organization focus on moving on after shooting

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Wednesday, the NAACP and AME Lay Organization discussed moving on since the shooting at Emanuel AME as part of the AME conference in North Charleston.

The President of the AME Church Lay Organization said the denomination is moving forward in the face of hatred.

NAACP president Dr. Cornell Brooks said this is a pivotal year for the African American community. He said the organization's Journey For Justice march from Alabama to Washington DC is pushing for better voting rights and job opportunities among other issues.

Lay President Willie Glover said the denomination is renewing its goal to bring healing and wholeness.

"The massacre of the Emanuel 9 served to demonstrated the power of faith, Glover said. It took an act of hate, it brought lessons of love to the families of those who lost their lives."

North Charleston NAACP President Joe Darby said since the shooting the organization has had a small army of people helping the congregation with mental health and PTSD.

The Journey for Justice march will end in Washington D.C. on September 15 at the end of its 860-mile journey.

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