(DALLAS, TX, 6/19/15) – Later today, the Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) and interfaith community leaders from North Texas will hold a candlelight vigil to stand in solidarity with the Charleston, S.C., community and remember the nine victims who were murdered when a gunman opened fire Wednesday night inside the Mother Emmanuel AME church.
WHAT: Interfaith Candlelight Vigil
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: MLK Jr. Community Center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215
See Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/755911104528916/
Reverend Dr. Michael Waters of the Joy tabernacle AME Church in Dallas, one of the speakers at tonight’s vigil, said in a statement earlier today, "It is most appropriate that lovers of justice and peace, from many faith traditions across the Dallas Metroplex, join together in offering their petitions to God upon the grounds that bear the name of that great drum major for peace and justice, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As an A.M.E. pastor, and as chair of the King Center Board, I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support as we stand in solidarity with our fellow A.M.E's in Charleston, and across the world."
1. Rev. Dr. Ella M. McDonald, Pastor - Greater Dallas District AME Church & St. Luke AME Church
2. Rev. Dr. Michael Waters, Pastor - Joy Tabernacle AME Church
3. Imam Omar Suleiman, Resident Scholar - Valley Ranch Islamic Center
4. Rev. Dr. Eric Folkerth, Pastor - Northhaven United Methodist Church
5. Reagan Martin aka Poetry Teacher - Poet/Spoken Word Artist
6. CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem will emcee the event
CAIR-DFW Executive Director Alia Salem said in a statement:
"We are deeply saddened by the shooting at the historic 'Mother Emanuel' AME church in Charleston that took the lives of nine innocent worshippers. This is a national tragedy and a horrific act of racially-motivated violence. The deaths of these nine individuals is a heartbreaking reminder of how far we haven't come. We mourn for Charleston and we mourn for our country during this dark time. It is up to all of us to come together and heal as a human community while also working to end these atrocities."
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.