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Buckner Addresses AME Church Annual Conference

North Charleston- The 156th Session of the South Carolina Annual Conference
of the African Methodist Episcopal Church convened at the North
Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center last week. The Right Reverend Samuel L.
Green, Sr., Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District (South
Carolina) presided over the week long conference that drew hundreds of
AME church members from across the state.

Charleston's Mother Emanuel AME Church hosted the event. On Friday, Dwayne “Duke” Buckner, who is seeking the South Carolina Republican Party's nomination for the U.S. Senate, shared with the audience his personal testimony on how he became a born again believer in Jesus Christ. He then shifted the focus on the upcoming June 9th primary election.

"I came to know the Lord as a result of a broken heart while a sophomore at South Carolina State University," said Buckner. "Christ came in and healed my broken heart and changed my life forever." "Now," said Buckner, "I believe the Lord is calling me to preach in the political realm and this is the message that He gave me, 'It's Time for the Righteous to Govern.' However, in order for the righteous to govern, the righteous first have to go out and vote," said Buckner.  Though the majority of African Americans in recent years have supported the Democratic party, Buckner shared with the crowd the historical foundations of the two major political parties.

"The South Carolina Republican Party was founded by Robert Smalls, a former slave from Beaufort, SC, who was a successful businessman, legislator and community leader," said Buckner. "We know the story of his life and that he was a man of faith, love and courage. These are the founding principles of the South Carolina Republican Party," said Buckner.

"Abraham Lincoln, the first American President from the Republican Party was shot and killed for his stance on preserving the union and the abolition of slavery," Buckner added.

"However, I cannot say the same for the foundation of the Democratic Party here in South Carolina. Their early leaders wanted to keep African Americans enslaved, promoted succession, segregation, and Jim Crow laws."

Buckner also made a reference to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) based on his reading of Eric Foner's "A Short History of Reconstruction 1863-1877." The book describes the KKK as an organization that served the interests of the Democratic Party. The KKK is infamously known to have terrorized and murdered African Americans.

Buckner asked the audience, "Which political party's foundation do you want to build upon by giving your time, your energy, your enthusiasm and your vote? A foundation built by a former slave whose life exemplified faith, love and courage or a foundation that wanted to keep African Americans enslaved and oppressed?"

Dwayne "Duke" Buckner speaks at the 156th Session of the SC
Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church

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