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The Foundation was established by the Honorable Reverend Pinckney’s widow, Jennifer Pinckney; Senator Gerald Malloy who served in the State Senate with Reverend Pinckney; and Reverend Kylon Jerome Middleton, Ph.D., a former high school principal and current pastor of an AME church, who was the Reverend’s best friend.

“Friends of his remarked this week that when Clementa Pinckney entered a room, it was like the future arrived; that even from a young age, folks knew he was special.  Anointed.  He was the progeny of a long line of the faithful — a family of preachers who spread God’s word, a family of protesters who sowed change to expand voting rights and desegregate the South.  Clem heard their instruction, and he did not forsake their teaching.”

President Barack Obama, June 26, 2015