CHICAGO (WCSC) - Mother Emanuel AME Church is officially a nominee for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, after a nomination by leaders of an Illinois town.
The Supervisor of Thornton Township and an Illinois State Senator hosted a signing of the nominating papers at a Chicago restaurant on Monday.
Nominator G.K. Butterfield is the chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus. He said Mother Emanuel was chosen because of its response to the massacre on June 17, which left 9 members dead.
"An incident of such terror and racial hatred could have sparked an outpour of anger and violence from the community, as had been the case with similar incidents in other US cities. However, something different happened and the public response was not rage, vengeance, violence, but one of Christian forgiveness, unity and peace led by the congregation and the families of the nine (Emanuel 9) victims," Butterfield wrote in a news release.
The nomination will now be filed with the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, Norway. Following a majority vote, the Committee will announce the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize in October.