#Black9 Is The Powerful Way Twitter Is Honoring The 9 Charleston Victims

The country is mourning the nine African-Americans murdered Wednesday during bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston: DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Clementa Pinckney, Tywanza Sanders, Daniel Simmons, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton and Myra Thompson.

And now, a Twitter hashtag is honoring them.

The hashtag was started by writer and activist @FeministaJones, who asked her followers to name Black people who have inspired, taught and changed them using the hashtag #Black9.

The hashtag took off, with hundreds of people sharing their lists. Many named contemporary writers, thinkers and activists alongside notable historic figures.

Those listed in #Black9 tweets, like actor Jesse Williams, shared their appreciation for the hashtag and the African-American Twitter community at large.

The tweets are a much-needed celebration of black excellence and an affirmation of black community during a tragic, troubling time.

The shooting is a developing story. Check back for updates.