Mother Emanuel pastor to give talk on race relations

By Luke Quillen
The Carolinian

Two years ago, nine people were tragically murdered in a terrorist attack at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.

The church, often called Mother Emanuel, began the difficult process of searching for a new leader after the congregation’s beloved pastor, Senator Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney died in the massacre. The church is confident it has found such a leader in the senior pastor Rev. Eric S.C. Manning.


Rev. Eric S.C. Manning

Reassigned to Mother Emanuel a year following the attack, Manning is well-known as a profound speaker and leader, and both he and the church he serves have compelling stories and wisdom to be passed on.

“Rev. Manning plans to share his insights on how the 2015 church massacre prompted resolve among both black and white citizens to improve race relations and mutual understanding,” Associate Professor of English and Director of English Composition, Monika Shehi, Ph.D. said. “His message and experience is a perfect tie-in to this year’s assigned reading and our students will benefit immensely from hearing his story.”

USC Upstate will host Manning at the G.B. Hodge Center on Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Laura Puckett-Boler by calling 864-503-5108 or by sending an email to