Widow of slain state senator receiving posthumous degree

The widow of the pastor and South Carolina senator killed last summer at a historic black church in Charleston is accepting an honor on his behalf.

Jennifer Pinckney is accepting a Doctorate of Ministry degree Monday at commencement exercises for Wesley Theological Seminary at Washington National Cathedral.

Clementa Pinckney was among the nine people gunned down last June during a Wednesday night Bible study at the church he pastored, Emanuel AME. Wesley president David McAllister-Wilson says at the time Pinckney was working on a thesis dealing with his dual role as public servant and minister.

McAllister-Wilson says the school's faculty voted unanimously to award the degree to Pinckney's wife on his behalf.

A white man, Dylann Roof, is charged in the killings.


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