These Powerful Photos Capture the Resilience in Charleston

June 22nd 2015

ATTN: Staff

Wednesday's shooting at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, that killed six women and three men has left the nation in sorrow. Speaking about Charleston on Thursday, President Obama powerfully invoked Dr. Martin Luther King's 1963 speech mourning the four little girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing: “They say to each of us-- black and white alike-- that we must substitute courage for caution. They say to us that we must be concerned not merely with who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy which produced the murderers. Their death says to us that we must work passionately and unrelentingly for the realization of the American Dream."

If there is anything positive to emerge from the tragedy in Charleston, it might be the thousands of people who are marching to honor the nine victims killed by a racist and hateful perpetrator, spreading a message of unity and tolerance in response. Here are some photos, tweets, and videos that reflect this spirit: