MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The massacre at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, left many African-Americans in the Tri-State Area and around the country feeling shocked and vulnerable.
As CBS2’s Lou Young reported, Emanuel A.M.E. is the mother church for many black Christians in America. It is a touchstone in particular for the Young family from Mount Vernon, Westchester County.
The ties run deep in the Young family home in Mount Vernon, where a framed photo of the revered South Carolina church built by freed slaves hangs on the wall. Anne Young-Berkley received a frantic phone call this week from a friend who delivered the awful news.
“She was screaming, and I couldn’t understand, and I kept saying: ‘What are you saying? What are you saying?’’ Young-Berkley said. “She said, ‘Mother Emanuel, Mother Emanuel — Someone went into Mother Emanuel and killed people.”
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