CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A March for Unity and Thanksgiving took place Saturday in Marion Square in honor of the Emanuel 9.
The Unity Walk was sponsored by Mother Emanuel AME, and the "Hate Won't Win Foundation"
That movement began as a social media hashtag during the bond hearing for accused church shooter, Dylan Roof.
The family of Emanuel 9 victim, Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons, Sr. recalls how they faced the young man in the courtroom.
Granddaughter, Alana Simmons had no plans to speak during the hearing, but that changed.
"I said to him that although my grandfather died at the hands of hate, he lived in love and he preached in love, so hate won't win."
She said before the family got out of the courtroom, there was a globally trending hashtag "#HateWon'tWin." Simmons decided to create a call to action.
"So we challenged the world to go out and show an act of love to someone who was different, different race, religion, orientation, generation and so on and so forth, and post that to social media accounts with the hashtag #HateWon'tWin." Simmons continued.
The Unity Walk included an appearance by Dr. Bernice King, daughter of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and a new song was performed by gospel star Shirley Caesar.