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After Mother Emanuel, 3 women speak: 'We all have power to make change'

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Their voices were some of the strongest following the Mother Emanuel tragedy and on Monday night they came together as one.

During a Junior League of Charleston's panel discussion titled "Women Making A Difference," S.C. Rep. Jenny Horne, Alana Simmons and Dorsey Fairbairn talked about how the shootings at Emanuel AME taught them just how powerful their voices can be{}

{}"If we're not showing that love to each other, then we're not creating that moral obligation to stand up for each other," said Simmons, who found her voice this summer. Simmons is the granddaughter of Emanuel Nine victim, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Sr.{}

Her experience birthed the #HateWontWin movement that has since garnered a lot of attention, even from President Barack Obama and the First Lady. Her campaign has been solid ever since.

"We have a lot of stories of people who went the extra mile to show that active love to someone different and encourage people to do the same," Simmons said.

Fairbairn really did challenge people to go the extra mile, as founder of the "Bridge to Peace Unity Chain," which inspired thousands to cross over the Ravenel Bridge as one.

"I think we all have the power to make change and do something great," said Fairbairn. "And I think that it can spread like wildfire and if you do it in honor of people."

It was an important message for audience members that may be searching for their voice.{}

"It's very important for women to have a voice and that they use it to promote diversity and promote equality," said Rep. Jenny Horne, who made national headlines after tearfully speaking out against the Confederate flag flying on the State House grounds.

All three women said they're encouraged by community support and hope others will feel inspired, as well.

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