Sen. Tim Scott, Lowcountry Republicans honor African-Americans during Black History Month

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Charleston County Republicans honored African Americans Friday at their 2nd Annual Black History Month celebration.

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott joined members of the GOP to celebrate African-American leaders in the Lowcountry.

Pastor Eric Manning of Mother Emanuel AME Church gave the keynote address. “The importance [is] making sure there’s no place for hate, and also sharing the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation.”

Sen. Scott said the forgiveness shown by victims of the horrific shooting at Mother Emanuel reset the conversation on racism.

“It was like a tectonic shift for us, frankly, in Charleston and as a nation.”

The Republican lawmaker said the state of equality for African-Americans, and all people of color, has constantly evolved since the 2015 shooting.

“It’s hard to deny that the place where the Civil War started has not made tremendous progress.” A sentiment echoed by the honorees.

Leaders also acknowledged the reality of existing racial tension, and encourage the community to continue their effort towards bridging racial gaps.

Sen. Tim Scott said winning the Congressional Race in the district against Strom Thurmond’s son said a lot about the evolution of the southern heart.