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Angela Bassett speaks of Charleston church massacre at DNC

Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Mark J. Terrill | Associated Press

Angela Bassett speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday.

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Continuing the Wednesday night's Democratic National Convention theme about the need for more gun control was another Florida woman: Angela Bassett, who grew up in St. Petersburg.

The actor, who graduated from Boca Ciega High School, talked about the shooting at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in which nine people were killed.

“They were gathered to pray,” Bassett began. “He walked in. An outsider, a stranger. And they welcomed him. But then, he opened fire. He stole their lives.”

After saying the names of all nine victims, Bassett continued, “Since the massacre at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, more lives have been destroyed by gun violence, and hatred still threatens to tear us apart. After Charleston, Hillary Clinton challenged all of us to turn our grief into action. We have to do that.”

Bassett said she had visited Charleston this year, “and I can tell you that the city’s soul is on fire. That soul burns with resilience. It fuels their resistance. It brought down the Confederate flag, and it brings the Charleston community closer together every day.”

She ended by introducing two survivors of the church shooting, Felecia Sanders and Polly Sheppard.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:42pm]

    

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