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Both Democratic and Republican politicians will be traveling to Charleston civil rights sites on Friday to boost more open conversations about race.

Mar, 15, 2016

It has been nine months since June’s deadly shooting at Charleston Emanuel AME Church, and national lawmakers are working together to ensure that another race-motivated tragedy such as this happens again.

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NPR reports that both Democratic and Republican politicians will be traveling to Charleston civil rights sites on Friday to boost more open conversations about race.

“There’s been more conversations in the last several months than I can remember in the last several years, specifically in pointed conversations about race and racial progress,” Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) said to NPR. “Our country has come a long way, but we obviously still have some challenges that we have to A, understand, [and] B, overcome.”

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The pilgrimage, which will also pay tribute to the nine parishioners who were killed in last summer’s shooting, is sponsored by the Faith and Politics Institute. In addition to Emanuel AME church, the lawmakers will also tour locations like the site of the Orangeburg massacre and learn about civil rights pioneers such as Septima Clark.