President Obama is in Charleston, South Carolina to give the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a state senator and one of nine people gunned down at a bible study meeting last Wednesday at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church.
The funeral is taking place a the College of Charleston's TD Arena, which is filled with 5,000 mourners — including friends and family of the Rev. Pinckney. President Obama is there, as well as Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Nikki Haley.
Clementa Pinckney is being remembered as a man with a powerful voice and conscience. He presided over student government in high school and college. He was ordained at 18. He earned a master's degree in both divinity and public administration. And, at 23, he became the youngest elected black member of South Carolina's legislature.
He was also young when he died — just shy of his 42nd birthday.
He was one of the nine people who were gunned down in last week's brutal shooting. The attack has sparked a national conversation about race, racism, the confederate flag and guns.
Peniel Joseph, history professor and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University. He tweets @PenielJoseph.
- "Thousands of people gathered outside a large arena in Charleston, S.C., to pay respects to the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and a state senator who was gunned down last week along with eight fellow church members during a Bible study session. President Obama will deliver the eulogy."
This segment aired on June 26, 2015.