- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A visiting African Methodist Episcopal Church bishop traveled to one of Arkansas’ largest Methodist churches to show solidarity with a South Carolina congregation where nine black parishioners were killed.

Bishop Samuel L. Green, Sr. spoke to a crowd of about 300 Sunday at the Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church in Little Rock. The presiding bishop of the 12th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church said a message of forgiveness and love helped calm and unite people troubled by the Wednesday shooting.

The church bell tolled after each victim’s name was read by Green.

Green said after the service that progress has been made since nine black teenagers were escorted into a Little Rock high school by federal troops in 1957 but called for a renewed dialogue on race.

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