Updated: June 18, 2015

NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-With the recent terrorist act in Charleston, SC, where a young 21-year old white male, named Dylan Roof, who after sitting for hours in a Bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church,  which was first built in 1791 by a congregation of Freemen and “slaves”,  devilishly opened fire and shot nine innocent churchgoers, while allegedly telling them before killing them, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”

With this act of evil, we, the staff of, offer this prayer from the Book of Psalm Chapter 109 verse 1-31, especially for the members of the oldest AME church in the South, where the Revolutionary Denmark Vesey once was a member.

Vesey, of course, himself, a former slave from Charleston, South Carolina planned a major slave revolt in 1822, in order to liberate other ” tortured kidnapped victim”(slaves), and sail them to the Black republic of Haiti for refuge. Unfortunately, for Vesey and his band of liberators, his revolutionary act, was leaked to city officials and he was arrested, prosecuted, and executed by hanging on July 2, 1822 and the church was later burned.

With that said, let us pray:

1. My God, whom I praise, do not remain silent, for people who are wicked and deceitful have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues. With words of hatred they surround me; they attack me without cause. In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my friendship. Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;let an accuser stand at his right hand.

When he is tried, let him be found guilty,and may his prayers condemn him.

May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.

May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.

May a creditor seize all he has;may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation.

May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out.

15 May their sins always remain before the Lord, that he may blot out their name from the earth.

Here are the names of the innocence victims of this act of evil at the hand of this devil, which was provided by the  Washington Post.

  • Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41, was the church’s pastor and a South Carolina state senator.
  • Depayne Middleton Doctor, 49, sang in the church choir, the Charleston newspaper reported.
  • Ethel Lance, 70, worked for 30 years at the church, a relative told the Post and Courier.
  • Susie Jackson, 87, a longtime church member, was Lance’s cousin, the newspaper reported.
  • Cynthia Hurd, 54, was branch manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library, just a few miles from the church where she was killed. 
  • Tywanza Sanders, 26, was a 2014 graduate of Charleston’s Allen University.
  • Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, was a church pastor and high school track and field coach, according to the Post and Courier.
  • Myra Thompson, 59, was an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, according to the Greenville News
  • Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr., 74, who died at a hospital, was a retired pastor from another Charleston church, ABC News reported.

Eric D. Graham is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies. Currently, he is the Managing Editor at BASN, where his articles appear daily, along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.”Graham can be reached at

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    July 7, 2015 at 12:35 am


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