Singleton Baseball Complex ribbon cutting ceremony honors Mother Emanuel shooting victim
The ribbon has been cut at the Singleton Baseball Complex at Charleston Southern University. The building has been two years in the making.
“The spirt of the Lord is definitely in this place," Camryn Singleton said.
With the snipping of the ribbon Camryn Singleton, the daughter of the late Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, felt her mother's presence. “I know she's so proud. I know she's happy to see what amazing things love can do, because this place is made out of love! You know what I mean? It's amazing.”
Singleton, along with her two brothers and the family members and survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting, dedicated the Singleton Baseball Complex at Charleston Southern University to Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Camryn, now a senior at Goose Creek High School, said the enrichment center--named after her mother-- is the perfect way to honor her legacy. “I know this is going to be a place for players to come for fellowship for years to come, and I just can't wait. It's beautiful.”
Chris Singleton speaks often of the mother he lost so tragically. Through her life, he's found his purpose, “My purpose is greater than my pain. When he said that, I knew he was talking directly to me. Although I speak and it's painful, I know that's my purpose in this world. I know that that's my purpose in this world and that's to spread love and I’m glad I’m able to do it.”
The ceremony honored all the victims and survivors of that night. The wife and daughters of Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney reflected on the work of Coleman-Singleton. “Sharonda, you know, I used to help her with children's church. And so she just had that life and that spirit and she just knew how to pull the kids in.” Jennifer Pinckney
Engraved in the concrete are the words, ‘Love is always stronger.’ Words etched into the minds of the loved ones the Emanuel 9 left behind.