Near the end of the eulogy, President Obama led the crowd in a rendition of the traditional hymn Amazing Grace. The moment was not planned and those sitting behind the President, some of whom were other Chalreston AME clergy, seemed visibly surprised by his emotional decision. The White House released a video of the moment on Twitter shortly after:
Pinckney, who was also a South Carolina state senator, was one of nine people killed when 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof opened fire inside the church earlier this month. President Obama spoke on the massacre and on the continued impact of Reverend Pinckney’s ministry.
The moment also sparked an incredible response on social media as people across the world were amazed by the song and the President’s raw, emotional response.
The President ended his eulogy by calling for a move for peace and remembering the victims of the Charleston shooting, whose funerals will continue in the coming days. The White House also released a transcript of the President’s remarks. You can read a full transcript of the eulogy here:
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