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Winston-Salem chronicle. (Winston-Salem, N.C.) 1974-current, July 14, 2016, Page A9, Image 9

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BOOK REVIEW Broad book covers Charleston Massacre and racial divide BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER POR THE CHRONICLE The Word is what you crave. It's where you find your comfort, strength, the peace you need to get through the day. Reading it is like hearing God's voice; studying it is feeling His power, and in the new book, "We Are Charleston," by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Marjory Wentworth, knowing it could mean offering forgiveness. There are, say the authors, two Charlestons in South Carolina. Tourists see lovely horse-drawn car riages, fine dining, and historic homes. But there's a flip-side Charleston, too. It's where slavery began, where Jim Crow laws once ruled, and where racism is still an issue. That's where Mother Emanuel AME Church has stood for generations, welcoming people of faith. Wednesdays are Bible study nights at Mother Emanuel, although on June 17, 2015, that was pushed back a bit for a business meeting. By 8 o'clock, however. ? Heibfra^r Bdwsd Pomn > fhjD mtMarfx i Vwtntvtoifr "a dozen of the most devout parishioners" were ready for the Word of God. Exactly sixteen minutes later, "a skin ny young white man" entered the door and joined the group, sitting next to the church's pastor. The young man was a stranger there, but they welcomed him just the same. And after prayerful fellowship and Bible study, "as eyes were closed and heads were bowed" for a final benediction, he took out a gun and started shooting. But why did Dylann Roof scream racial sentiments, reload his gun five times, and kill nine strangers in a house of God? The answer, say the authors, lies in the past, aboard slave ships, on wharfs where people were once sold, and on a flag. It goes back some 200 years, to another time when that church was a "tar get of hate." And yes, it lies in the story of a "young man who purchased a weapon to kill human beings." But surprisingly, what resulted from that night more than a year ago wasn't just a history lesson. It wasn't merely grief, either. What happened in the days after that night was forgiveness, over and over and over... There is, of course, more to this story than just what hap pened in June 2015 in South Carolina - and that's where I struggled with "We Are Charleston." There's too much inside this book, and it veers too much off course. I see where the authors are trying to take readers: the book's opening and end ing are about the shooting and aftermath, while the middle part consists of African American history and that of the AME church, with an attempt to tie them togeth er. These subjects are very interesting, but the tie here is too broad and too deep. I'd have been happier with two different books. And yet, it's easy to brush aside book gripes when presented with a powerful message like the one you'll see; specifical ly, one of foigiveness, strength, and for ward movement. That alone left me satis fied after all. ? Photo by lack Altennao Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, left; Marjory Wentworth; and Herb Frazier wrote "We Are Charleston "We Are Charleston" by Hert> Frazter, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Mar jory Wentworth $24.99 256 pages Second Harvest Food Bank's Chuck Harmon goes the extra mile SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE On a day when many of us gathered with family and neighbors around tables piled high with food in celebration of the July 4th holiday. Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC's Chuck Harmon set off on a 250 mile-long "Hike to End Summer Hunger." Harmon trained for several weeks at walk events hosted by school groups, apartment communities, local busi nesses and others. Along the way, Harmon collected thousands of pounds of i food and thousands of dol lars to support Second Harvest Food Bank and its partners working to fill the summer meal gap for kids. And he's just getting start ed. Harmon set a goal to raise $3 from 100,000 peo ple. He wants community members to know that their gifts of any size to support his efforts will be put to use immediately to help local children. With school out for summer, Second Harvest Food Bank and its partner food assistance agencies are working to make sure that local kids have the food they need to enjoy their summer break and start back to school in the fall ready to learn. "During the school year, thousands of children in our area can rely on free or reduced priced school meals to help them stay focused on learning, but the summer months are a different story," explains Harmon, who serves as the Food Drive and Retail Donor Relations Manager for Second Harvest Food Bank. "I remember what those school meals meant to me as a kid, and 1 remember the generosity of neighbors when those meals weren't available. Now, I'm the guy at Second Harvest Food Bank who is always asking folks to go the extra mile to help families in our community. This July, I aim to "walk my talk." I'm going to go the extra mile, and I am going to ask others to do the same, knowing that each and every gift of sup port will make a difference to a child in need." Harmon's month-long journey along the North Carolina Mountains to Sea trail spans the width of Second Harvest Food Bank's 18-county service area, beginning at Mile Post 290.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Watauga County and concluding at Burlington's City Park in Alamance County. Harmon is walking a minimum of 15 miles each day to honor 15 years of partnership and feeding community with WXII 12 News. The news outlet is covering Harmon's journey through out the month of July and hosting community dona tion events on Wednesday, July 20, at Ingles Shopping Center, Main Street, Walnut Cove, and Wednesday, July 27, at Speas Elementary School, Polo Road, Winston-Salem Throughout July, com munity members will be able to follow Harmon's journey by tuning in to WXH 12 News broadcasts and on Facebook at /Summermealsmatter/. Donations to support Harmon and Second Harvest Food Bank's efforts to provide summer meals for kids can be made online at or mailed to Second Harvest Food Bank at 3655 Reed Street, Winston Salem, NC 27107. i ^?""^bday, technology is changing. Homes are changing. Lives are changing"*"^^^^^^^? At Duke Energy, we're changing too. We're creating new ways to help you control your energy use and stay connected. So no matter how much things continue to change, we're always here... with power for your life. 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