Dallas Honors Charleston Church Victims One Year Later

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DALLAS — It’s been one year since the tragic shootings of nine African American churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina. And Friday at Thanksgiving Square in Downtown Dallas, members of all races and faiths came together in remembrance.

“It was a tragic thing. It was a life changing thing for many of us, something that we will never forget and something that we will always be aware of,” said Rev. Ella McDonald. “Our hope and our faith has not changed.”

Even as this day of remembrance happened in the shadow of the tragedy in Orlando, evidence that change can happen was apparent.

In the aftermath of the Charleston shootings, photos of the killer holding the Confederate flag led to a nationwide condemnation of the Civil War relic, bringing it down in many places. Just this last week, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution to discourage their members from every flying the old Southern flag again.

“I would like to believe that the change has come because it is time for a change," McDonald said of the Confederate flag. “And through the prayers of those who have been waiting… even way before Charleston that this is encouraging for them to hold on and keep the faith.”

And with tragedies like Charleston coming way too often, that was the message at Thanksgiving Square on Friday: Keep The Faith.