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‘The flag would still be flying today’

The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is seen after a mass shooting that killed nine people on June 22, 2015. 21-year-old Dylann Roof was convicted on 33 federal charges for the murders in the church in Charleston, which is one of the nation's oldest Black churches.
The Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is seen after a mass shooting that killed nine people on June 22, 2015. 21-year-old Dylann Roof was convicted on 33 federal charges for the murders in the church in Charleston, which is one of the nation's oldest Black churches. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Six years ago, Malcolm Graham lost his big sister, Cynthia Graham Hurd, in the Charleston shooting that took nine Black churchgoers’ lives. Now a city councilman in Charlotte, N.C., Graham reflects on the work he did to remove the Confederate flag from its prominent place on the South Carolina statehouse grounds, the future of racial matters in our country and his sister’s legacy.

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