Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg attended services Sunday at Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Calhoun Street during a quick trip to Charleston.
In a Facebook post, he wrote about the 2015 shooting rampage at the church during which Dylann Roof killed nine black parishioners, including S.C. Sen. Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a pastor at the church.
“This community is a symbol of resilience. ... The community experienced a level of grief beyond what I can imagine, and they are still working through it. ... While many cities might erupt with racial tension after murders like these, the Mother Emanuel community, with a tradition of fighting injustice, led the city in setting a tone of calm for the whole nation.”
Zuckerberg also ate dinner with the mayor, police chief, religious leaders and heads of nonprofits. Many of his conversations centered on race, according to his post.
Zuckerberg posted in January that one of his New Year's resolutions is to have visited and met with people in every state in the U.S. by the end of this year.