A Reflection from President and CEO Roger Brooks on the Church Shooting in Charleston

Roger Brooks

As our nation takes time to reflect on the church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, we at Facing History and Ourselves grieve with the Charleston community. Our hearts go out to all who have been affected by this baseless act of hatred. Schools, libraries, town halls, and churches — these are sacred public spaces where individuals come together to forge community, cooperation, and understanding. Now more than ever, we must work together to unite against hatred, bigotry, and prejudice, and cross divides to support those who have been targeted.

Over the coming days, we will post information on how to foster open and honest dialogue with young people as they navigate difficult current events. Today you may wish to watch this short video to see how one community united against racial violence in their town.  


Roger Brooks


An excerpt from the critically acclaimed PBS special tells the uplifting story of how the residents of Billings, Montana, joined together to combat a series of hate crimes in 1993.

This excerpt from "Not In Our Town" ©1995 California Working Group, Inc.
Copies of the video NOT IN OUR TOWN available from The Working Group/ Not In Our Town
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