President Barack Obama is slated to arrive in South Carolina on Friday to deliver the eulogy at Charleston massacre victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral service. It will be President Obama’s first visit to the city since the shooting occurred at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church last Wednesday. He first met Rev. Pinckney, who was also a state senator, during his 2008 campaign. “We knew their pastor, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night, and to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel,” said President Obama during a recent interview. Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the funeral service as well. Read more.
American Schoolgirls Join #BringBackOurGirls Movement
Thirty-eight American schoolgirls from across the country will show their solidarity with the Nigerian girls who were kidnapped last year by the Boko Haram militant group by standing on the U.S. Capitol steps tomorrow alongside lawmakers that include Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and Congresswoman IleanaRos-Lehtinen,among others. The women and youngsters, as well as people across the nation, will don red to honor the girls and to push the Nigerian government to get rid of the Boko Haram terrorist group. The American schoolgirls, who plan to hold their demonstration Wednesday, are all between the ages of 10 and 15 and are a part of Girls in Politics’ Camp Congress for Girls program, which was designed to introduce them to the realm of politics and teach them about the ins and outs of Congress.
Rawlings-Blake Becomes First Black President of U.S. Conference of Mayors
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake became the first African-American woman and the first mayor of Baltimore to be the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. During her inaugural speech, she discussed how mayors are integral to making major decisions and how she hopes that their voices are heard in Washington. “When I took over as mayor, Baltimore was in crisis. Nobody was looking for the previous mayor to be in leadership here or anywhere,” said Rawlings-Blake. “We have a unique opportunity after the unrest with the eyes of the world on us to decide how we’re going to show up.” One of the things on her agenda is persuading presidential candidates to sign the Baltimore Compact to overcome poverty and issues that had an influence on the protests that occurred after Freddie Gray’s death. Read more.