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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " REV. CLEMENTA C. PINCKNEY " WAS A SENIR PASTOR AT MOTHER EMANUEL A.M.E. IN CHARLESTON AND ALSO A DEMOCRATIC MEMBER OF SOUTH CAROLINA SENATE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Clementa C. Pinckney
Reverend Clementa Pinckney.jpg
Pickney's official portrait courtesy Emanuel AME Church
Member of the South Carolina Senate
from the 45th district
In office
2001 – 2015
Preceded byMcKinley Washington, Jr.
Succeeded byTBD
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives
from the 122nd district
In office
1997 – 2000
Preceded byJuanita Mitchell White
Succeeded byR. Thayer Rivers, Jr.
Personal details
BornClementa Carlos Pinckney
July 30, 1973
Beaufort, South Carolina
DiedJune 17, 2015 (aged 41)
Charleston, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jennifer Benjamin
ChildrenEliana and Malana
ParentsJohn Pinckney
Theopia (Stevenson)[citation needed]Pinckney
ResidenceRidgeland, South Carolina
Alma materAllen University
University of South Carolina
ProfessionMinister
CabinetBoard of Directors, Southern Mutual Insurance Company
ReligionAfrican Methodist Episcopal
Nickname(s)Clem
Clementa Carlos "Clem"[1] Pinckney (July 30, 1973 – June 17, 2015) was a Democratic member of the South Carolina Senate, representing the 45th District since 2000. He was previously a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1997 through 2000.[2]
Pinckney was a senior pastor at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. in Charleston.[3][4] On June 17, 2015, Pinckney was killed in a mass shooting at an evening Bible study at his church.[5][6][7]

Early life and education

Pinckney was born in BeaufortSouth Carolina, the son of Theopia Aikens (née Brooms; 1945-2005), an early childhood development educator, and John Pinckney.[8][9][10]
Pinckney began preaching at his church at age 13, and by age 18, he was appointed pastor.[2]
He graduated with a B.A. from Allen University in 1995 and went on to obtain a Master of Public Administration degree from theUniversity of South Carolina in 1999.[2][11] Pinckney was a student at Wesley Theological Seminary pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree.[12]

Career

Religious career

Pinckney preached in BeaufortCharleston, and ColumbiaSouth Carolina.[13] He became pastor of Emanuel A.M.E Church inCharlestonSouth Carolina in 2010.[14][15]
Pinckney was among several South Carolina pastors to hold rallies after the shooting of Walter Scott in 2015, attracting some local controversy.[2]

Legislative career

Pinckney was first elected to the South Carolina General Assembly in 1996 at the age of 23, becoming the youngest African American elected as a South Carolina state legislator.[16] He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives until being elected to the South Carolina Senate in 2000.
As a state senator, Pinckney pushed for laws to require police and other law enforcement officials to wear body cameras after Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was shot eight times in the back by a police officer in North Charleston.[2]

Personal life

In 1999, Pinckney married Jennifer Benjamin in AugustaGeorgia, whom he met while he was at Allen University and she was at theUniversity of South Carolina[17] The couple, who lived in RidgelandSouth Carolina, has two daughters, Eliana and Malana.[10]Pinckney was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, a historically black fraternity.[18]

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Pinckney spent much of his last day, June 17, 2015, campaigning with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Charleston.[citation needed] That evening, he led a Biblestudy and prayer session at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he was senior pastor. A shooter, identified as Dylann Roof, opened fire on the congregation, killing Pinckney and eight others.[19] While the FBI investigated the mass shooting as a hate crime,[2][20] many others considered the attack a racially motivated act of terrorism, and criticized law enforcement and the media for not labeling it as such.[21][22]