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The Charleston Shootings And The History Of Southern Black Churches

A gunman shot and killed nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday evening. 

Police arrested a 21-year-old white man from Lexington, South Carolina, Dylann Roof. 

Host Frank Stasio talks about the latest with NPR correspondent Debbie Elliott

He also talks with Valerie Cooper, professor of black church studies at Duke University, about the history of anti-black violence aimed at black churches. 

Professor Cooper spoke about an essay by professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., "The Black Church Is Dead." NPR's Michel Martin talked with Glaude about the piece. Find the conversation here.

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