The Charleston Post and Courier reports that Emanuel AME Church has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The church on Monday joined Pope Francis as a nominee for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, an honor typically chosen from hundreds of disparate political, religious and cultural pioneers who have helped civilizations in all corners of the globe cope with strife.
Inspired by the response to the mass shooting that befell the church and claimed nine parishioners’ lives on June 17, a group of Chicago-area political leaders led the Nobel effort and others, including U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., joined in. Though they announced the push months ago, the officials said they had followed through with the nomination by Monday’s deadline.
Liz Alston, the Emanuel historian who contributed to the entry, said she and other members of the Calhoun Street church were in awe of the nomination’s significance.
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