The Angels of Emanuel AME


Drawn by Madeleine, age 7.

This drawing started at a quiet Mount Pleasant home with a simple yet difficult question by Madeleine: “Why is the world full of broken people?”

Melanie, the mother of two including young Madeleine, said while Madeleine asked a lot of questions about what happened Wednesday night, Madeleine’s twin sister Emma Kate talked very little about it.

“Why can’t the good people teach the bad people to be good?” Madeleine asked her mother, another question that seems simple to a 7-year-old mind but is anything but simple for an adult. “Just because someone is different doesn’t mean you have to do something bad to them.”

During the conversation, Melanie says her daughter also asked to see a picture of the church where the shooting happened. Madeleine also Googled instructions on how to draw an angel.

Her mother gave Madeleine photos of the nine victims.

“Madeleine wanted the Angels to be a good representation,” Melanie said.

So Madeleine armed with blank sheets of paper and crayons looked on the faces of the people killed — Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Sharonda Singleton, Cynthia Hurd, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, and Myra Thompson — and started to draw.

Mother Emanuel AME Church stands large in the picture, taking up most of the page. Flying above are the nine slain church members, most holding a peace symbol or a heart.

Three have their arms outstretched, seemingly welcoming an embrace.

Global and Local Reach: Gauging the Impact of Immigration – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

As part of the nation’s central bank, the Atlanta Fed plays an important role in monetary policy, bank supervision and regulation, and the operation of a nationwide payments system.

Source: Global and Local Reach: Gauging the Impact of Immigration – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Federal Report: Vegan Diet Best; Meat Industry Unhappy

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued new recommendations on what Americans should eat. For the first time, the committee said a diet higher in plant-based foods is healthier, and better for the environment. Their official recommendations for a “healthy diet” put vegetables, fruits, and whole grains at the very top the list.

Source: Federal Report: Vegan Diet Best; Meat Industry Unhappy

The enlightening legacy of the Rosenwald schools – The Washington Post

Sears Roebuck magnate Julius Rosenwald funded education for black children across the rural South. Giving back and paying forward, he help educates thousands of students and brought widespread literacy to the South.

Source: The enlightening legacy of the Rosenwald schools – The Washington Post

Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified Julian Bond as an alumnus of the Rosenwald schools. It also incorrectly stated that Booker T. Washington persuaded Julius Rosenwald to donate seed money for black YMCAs and YWCAs. Rosenwald donated the money before meeting Washington. This version has been updated. /wr