Rev. Sharon Risher, daughter of Emanuel AME shooting victim Ethel Lance, speaking at CofC

Rev. Sharon Risher (Courtesy: Twitter/@RisherRev)

Reverend Sharon Risher, daughter of Emanuel Church shooting victim Ethel Lance, is scheduled to speak at the College of Charleston on Wednesday.

Risher also lost two cousins and a family friend in the June 2015 tragedy.

“I want to address my home people with that lens of love,” Rev. Risher said Tuesday. “I’ll talk about my journey and how the tragedy has given me a new purpose.”

Risher has become an advocate for race relations and tighter gun control laws in the years since the Emanuel Church shooting that claimed nine lives in June of 2015. She’s one of the national spokespersons for the grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

“Race relations and gun violence, it’s just over the top,” she said. “Even though it’s a very heavy subject, I think people are willing to open their minds and their hearts to understand ways and finding out ways that we can have better outcomes when we get together and we learn together.”

Wednesday’s talk was originally scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. day, but was rescheduled due to cancelled flights resulting from winter storms. The talk is free and open to the public. It’s scheduled for 6 p.m. at TD Arena at the College of Charleston.

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