On Friday, President Barack Obama spoke at the funeral for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina pastor and state senator who was murdered along with eight other people in a racially motivated shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina last week. The impassioned eulogy touched on the recent Confederate flag controversy and race relations in America, and was capped off with Obama leading the congregation in an impromptu rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
“An open heart. That’s what I felt this week,” Obama said. “That more than any particular policy or analysis is what’s called upon right now I think. What a friend of mine, Marilyn Robinson, calls that ‘reservoir of goodness beyond and of another kind that we are able to do each other in the ordinary cause of thanks.’ That reservoir of goodness. If we can find that grace, anything is possible. If we can tap that grace, everything can change.” After a long pause, Obama began to sing.