Halfway through President Obama’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was killed along with eight other African-Americans at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, he led a crowd of about 5,500 in singing “Amazing Grace.”
Towards the end of a nearly 40-minute eulogy, the president spoke about the grace the slain pastor embodied as he repeated the words ‘Amazing Grace.
ABC reports that shortly after, the crowd of 5,500 people inside the TD Arena joined the president.
“Clementa Pinckney found that grace,” the president said while the crowd sang. “Cynthia Hurd found that grace. Susie Jackson found that grace, Ethel Lance found that grace, DePayne Middleton-Doctor found that grace, Tywanza Sanders found that grace, Daniel L. Simmons Sr. found that grace, Shardona Coleman Singleton found that grace. Myra Thompson found that grace.”
“Through the example of their lives, they’ve now passed it onto us,” Obama added. “May we find ourselves worthy of that precious and extraordinary gift. As long as our lives endure, may grace now lead them home. May God continue to shed his grace on the United States of America.”
Twitter users were moved by the moment.
The entire eulogy:
The President spoke of race and the struggles that come with that. Obama spoke of Dylann Roof’s heinous actions and how it was a means of control.
“An act that he imagined would incite fear,” he said.
“Blindly by hatred, the killer couldn’t see the grace surrounding Reverend Pinkney.”
President Obama walks the walk of an actual Christian.
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