""Emotional, careful, and rich, We Are Charleston makes sense of the senseless, the Charleston, South Carolina, massacre of June 2015. From one abominable event the book shapes a testament, an investigation, and a history. We Are Charleston sets the crime within the flow of race, church life, and Southern history and offers moving portraits of the victims. It dus the near impossible, which is to redeem tragedy on behalf of hope." -Edward Ball, author, Slaves in the Family In this book Charleston-based authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Powers Jr., and Marjory Wentworth consider the murderous rage of white supremacist Dylan Roof as a way to explore the racialized history of not only Charleston but also the nation. It is this history that made Roof's horrendous crime at Mother Emanuel AME Church possible the night of June 17, 2015. We Are Charleston also explains the origins and nature of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and the position of Mother Emanuel in the denomination, in Charleston, and in the history of the United States. Without this understanding we cannot fully grasp the meaning of what happened and why Mother Emanuel was the killer's target. The authors-renowned in their fields of expertise-are no strangers to Mother Emanuel. Combining their award-wining talents as journalist, historian, and put in the writing of this book, each have close friends or relatives in the church, and in fact, Frazier grew up in the congregation where his grandmother and father were members."