SOUTH CAROLINA (WCBD) — Governor Nikki Haley called for a statewide day of prayer on Tuesday, November 22.
Gov. Haley will lead a prayer at Emanuel AME Church at noon on Tuesday, and she’s asking others across South Carolina to join.
Haley said she wants South Carolinians to pray for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, as well as for the lingering effects of Hurricane Matthew, according to a press release from the governor’s press office.
Additionally, she noted “two significant criminal trials are underway in Charleston,” referring to the murder trial of former police officer Michael Slager of motorist Walter Scott and the Emanuel AME Church case where Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof is charged with killing nine black worshipers.
“Faith, prayer and helping our neighbors is what got us through a challenging time last year, and those things will get us through these two trials and the aftermath of the hurricane,” Haley said. “In South Carolina, we know how to have compassion toward each other, count our blessings, and remember that we are one state, one people,” she added.
She did not refer to the fallout recently seen from last week’s divisive presidential election.
This is the first time in her six years in office she has sponsored such an event.