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July Book Club Pick: Grace Will Lead Us Home

by Kailah Neal on 2020-07-20T15:24:00-04:00 | Comments

Last month marked the 5th anniversary of the tragic Charleston Church Massacre. The WilmU Book Club invites you to read Grace Will Lead Us Home. It's a deeply moving work of narrative nonfiction on the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina from Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jennifer Berry Hawes.

On June 17, 2015, twelve members of the historically black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina welcomed a young white man to their evening Bible study. He arrived with a pistol, 88 bullets, and hopes of starting a race war. Dylann Roof’s massacre of nine innocents during their closing prayer horrified the nation. Two days later, some relatives of the dead stood at Roof’s hearing and said, “I forgive you.” That grace offered the country a hopeful ending to an awful story. But for the survivors and victims’ families, the journey had just begun.

Please join the WilmU Book Club for an online discussion of Grace Will Lead Us Home.The Book Club will also host a watch party for the documentary, Emanuel, which tells the story of the victims of the church shooting. See details below for more details.

Thursday, July 30, 2020
12:00pm Noon ET

Attend online via Zoom! Students, Faculty, Alumni and Staff are all welcome.


Borrow the ebook or audiobook on Overdrive through your local library! More details here.


'Emanuel' Documentary Watch Party
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
5:00pm ET

Join the WilmU Book Club for a screening of the documentary, Emanuel, based on the events described and analyzed by Hawes in her book.

Attend online through Zoom



Disclaimer: The opinions and/or views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of Wilmington University. This page is not an official page by Wilmington University.

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