Montgomery, Ala.  – The radical story of love and forgiveness lived out by the survivors of the 2015 Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre stunned the nation.  In the midst of raw, immeasurable heartache, family members of those who were slain at Emanuel A.M.E. Church said three revolutionary words to the shooter, “I forgive you.”

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is partnering with Landmark Church for “Forgiveness is a Choice,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, 2019. The Reverend Anthony Thompson and Polly Sheppard, both of whom suffered incredible loss in the racially-motivated attack, will describe their journey of forgiveness and how communities can begin healing from decades of systemic inequality.

“If we are going to save Montgomery, we must first come together and heal as a community,” Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey said. “This program provides a wonderful opportunity for our citizens to learn not only about the power and peace that comes from forgiveness, but how we can all work collectively to strengthen our City.

Buddy Bell, Lead Minister at Landmark Church, said the church believes productive change begins with positive relationships. He said learning more about our brothers and sisters across this city is the first step in breaking down barriers that divide us.

“The Landmark Church is honored to host this powerful event for Montgomery,” Minister Bell said. “We believe our historical city is the perfect place to focus on forgiveness and racial reconciliation.  We are certain that the Charleston story of radical forgiveness is the perfect story to bring us together. Come join us as we make history together!”


NOTE: “Forgiveness is a Choice” is free and open to the public. The program will take place at Landmark Church, 1800 Halcyon Blvd., Montgomery, AL 36117.

Photo credit: Landmark Church of Christ


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