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Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2015

Rev Clementa Pinckney remembered as a ‘giant, a legend’ and ‘moral compass’

“He was a giant, a legend, a moral compas,” said South Carolina state senator Marlon Kimpson to describe the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor and politician who was among nine people killed by gunman Dylann Roof at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Pinckney’s sister also died in the shooting. J. Todd Rutherford, who has served in the State Legislature with Pinckney since 1998, told the New York Times that his colleague was “a man driven by public service” whose booming voice inspired his congregation and constituents.
The Rev. Joseph Darby of the AME Church in Beaufort, S.C., described Pinckney as “an advocate for the people.” He told MSNBC that “he was a very caring and competent pastor, and he was a very brave man. Brave men sometimes die difficult deaths.”
Clementa Pinkney

Clementa Pinkney

Pinckney, 41, started preaching at 13 and received his first appointment to be a pastor at 18. At 23, he was elected to the South Carolina House of Representativesthe youngest state legislator in South Carolina history, and in 2000 was elected to the State Senate. Washington Post columnist David Broder called Pinckney a “political spirit lifter for surprisingly not becoming cynical about politics.”

A black mourning cloth was draped over Pinckney’s seat in the senate chamber in the capital, Columbia, last week, according to news reports.
In 1999, Ebony Magazine named Pinckney as one of 30 African-American leaders of the future. He and his wife, Jennifer, have two children, Eliana and Malana.
State Rep. Wendell Gilliard told the Charleston Post and Courier that he visited Pinckney’s wife and daughters after the shooting. saying that the family is “surrounded by friends.”
In April, Pinckney helped lead a prayer vigil for Walter Scott, a black South Carolina man who was shot dead by a police officer as he tried to run away.
The church is one of the nation’s oldest black congregations. It is housed in a 1891 Gothic Revival building which is considered a historically significant building, according to the National Park Service, which said that the church is the oldest black congregation south of Baltimore.
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