CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - As the one year anniversary of the Emanuel AME massacre approaches, the family of one of the victims is soliciting children's book donations in her honor.
Brothers of Cynthia Graham Hurd held a news conference at the main Charleston County Public Library on Thursday to announce the book drive. Hurd was among the nine people shot and killed at Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17.
"We wanted to honor Cynthia's life and legacy by doing and continuing to do what she did all her life, which is to surround herself with books to encourage reading and encourage literacy," Malcolm Graham said.
Hurd worked for more than 30 years in the Charleston County Public Library system.
"The library was her safe haven where she felt the most comfortable surrounded by books," Graham said.
Book donations will be accepted at several branches of the Charleston County Public Library system throughout June. Collected books will benefit area under-resourced elementary and pre-schools through Reading Partners, which facilitates one-on-one tutoring using volunteers.
Book drop-off locations include the Dorchester Road Regional Library, Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library, John's Island Regional Library, Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, Otranto Road Regional Library, and the Main Library.
"If we can get children to read, that would be the greatest thing for her," Melvin Graham said.