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Gospel legend Shirley Caesar will recognize the lives of the nine victims from last year’s mass hate shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Friday will mark the one-year anniversary of the deaths of the parishioners who were killed during bible study, and a number of events have been scheduled to take place in memoriam.

Caesar will join keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Bernice King for a special performance during the Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication ceremony on June 18.

The historical black church, where Caesar said she received her very first honorary doctorate degree “35 years ago,” also inspired the recording of “Mother Emanuel” for her latest album, “Fill This House.”

For Caesar, recording the tribute ballad was therapeutic as it reminded her of a time in her life when she had difficulty coming to grips with forgiveness.

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