BLACK VOICES

12 Crucial Messages To Remember In Light Of The Charleston Church Shooting

SELMA, AL - MARCH 08:  A marcher holds a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge
SELMA, AL - MARCH 08: A marcher holds a picture of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. before walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge during the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march on March 8, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. Tens of thousands of people gathered in Selma to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the famed civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery that resulted in a violent confrontation with Selma police and State Troopers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

As the nation grapples with the horrific shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, The King Center -- a community institution inspired by and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy -- published a series of meaningful tweets we should all read and remember.

A white gunman in his early 20s opened fire at the historic black church on Wednesday night, killing nine people. He has not yet been captured.

But as the manhunt continues, the King Center's tweets remind us that even in moments of terrorism and horrific violence against black lives, we must “defy hate with truth and love.”

And, despite the number of times we must declare it, #BlackLivesMatter.

Read the truthful tweets below:

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