By Deonica Thomas
Eight months after the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, focus has shifted from the tragedy to the courageous and peaceful manner in which the community has conducted itself.
The community’s actions have lead some South Carolina leaders to nominate the Emanuel AME Church for a Nobel Peace Prize.
The victims and survivors of the church shooting were honored at Antisdel Chapel on Benedict College’s campus for a Black History Month assembly on Tuesday.
Victim's families answered questions about their reaction to the tragedy and how to use this moment to teach future generations about acceptance.
Denise Quarles, the daughter of one of the shooting victims, said she thinks the Nobel Peace Prize nomination is well deserved.
“It’s a community award because we all did something to encourage everyone to not do anything,” she said. “We didn't riot, there were no fights or anything like that. We came together as a community.”