Slain Emanuel AME pastor to be honored in D.C.

Slain Emanuel AME pastor to be honored in D.C.
State Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Pinckney (Source: Mother Emanuel AME)

WASHINGTON, DC (WCSC) - The widow of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney will accept his posthumously awarded Doctorate of Ministry degree at the Wesley Theological Seminary's commencement ceremony Monday, according to a news release from the school.

School officials say the South Carolina senator was a Wesley Theological Seminary D.Min. student at the time of his death.

"Rev. Pinckney's martyrdom completed his requirements for his degree," says Wesley President, the Rev. Dr. David McAllister-Wilson. According to the news release, this is the first time the school has awarded a posthumous degree to a student who has not completed their coursework.

"At the time of his death, he was working on his thesis describing his dual role as a pastor and public servant. We believe he completed and defended that thesis that night," McAllister-Wilson said.

The Wesley Theological Seminary is based in Washington, D.C.

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