Post & Courier: Eliana Pinckney honors father, carves new path

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Nearly 6 years after Charleston massacre, Eliana Pinckney honors father, carves new path

By Jenna Schiferl
Mar 14, 2021

Eliana Pinckney was only 11 years old when her father, a longtime faith leader, activist and legislator, was shot and killed by a white supremacist in 2015.

It’s been nearly six years since the late Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight others were gunned down in the infamous Emanuel AME Church massacre in Charleston that rocked the country.

The former state senator and senior pastor at Emanuel AME was revered by state and national leaders alike for his passion, dedication and persistence as a public servant who sought to reduce inequity and improve the lives of his constituents.

Today, his eldest daughter is preparing to graduate high school and embark on her next chapter.

At only 16 years old, Eliana has already made a name for herself.

Between speaking out against gun violence at activist marches and using her social media page as a platform for social justice, friends and family members have been impressed by the way Eliana has carried on a new legacy in the wake of her father’s death.