This Saturday on MHP: ‘Amazing Grace’ in Charleston, South Carolina.
This week, Charleston's Emanuel AME Church held the first of its long line of home-going services for the 9 members of its congregation who were killed in a massacre during a Wednesday night bible study. President Obama went to Charleston on Friday to bid farewell to South Carolina State Senator, Reverend Clementa Pinckney. In a rousing remembrance that at times had him sounding as much a pastor as a president, President Obama gave a lesson on the institution of the Black church as a safe haven for those who have often only been able to find freedom within its walls. Our panelists will discuss the substance and symbolism of the president’s eulogy.
Then, SCOTUS’ big week. Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature legislation was upheld by the Supreme Court for the second time in three years on Thursday. And then on Friday, the Supreme Court delivered a landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges: the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. We’ll discuss the magnitude of these rulings and discuss why the struggle and political battles continue.
- Robert Traynham, vice president of communications at the Bipartisan Policy Center
- Kenji Yoshino, author of "Speak Now: Marriage Equality On Trial"
- Susan Sommer, director of constitutional litigation at Lambda Legal
- Kai Wright, features editor at The Nation
All that, plus, the wedding industrial complex and sex and the “Bachelorette.”
Be sure to read what we’ve linked above, and watch Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday at 10am ET on msnbc. Join the conversation—share your thoughts about these issues on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #nerdland.