Daughter of Charleston church shooting victim speaks

BLOOMSBURG— After dealing with the tragedy of losing loved ones to gun violence, Rev. Sharon Washington Risher will be discussing loss, faith and forgiveness in, “Tattered Pieces: A Charleston Daughter Explores” on Monday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in Carver Hall at Bloomsburg University. This event is free and open to the public.

After the Charleston, S.C., shooting at the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church shooting in 2015, Risher was rushed into the spotlight after her mother - the church’s sexton- Ethel Lee Lance, two cousins, a childhood friend and five others were killed. Since the tragedy, Risher has been outspoken on the nation’s gun laws, becoming the national spokesperson for grassroots advocacy groups Everytown and Moms Demand Gun Sense.

In her talk, Risher covers her personal experiences with losing loved ones to gun violence from this tragedy as well as racism and hate in America. She also discusses the path to forgiveness and hope for tomorrow.

Risher graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and would later earn a Master of Divinity degree from the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Texas. She has appeared multiple times on CNN and has been interviewed by Time Magazine, Marie-Claire, Essence, the Guardian and others. Risher has visited Barack Obama at the White House on several occasions and has been a guest speaker for several Martin Luther King Jr. memorial events. Currently, Risher travels the country as an activist and guest speaker.

This event is presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and co-sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and the Office of Diversity and Retention.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.