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The actress introduced the survivors of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., at the convention on Wednesday.
Angela Bassett took the stage on Wednesday to introduce survivors of the church shooting in Charleston, S.C., at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Remembering the victims of the shooting in Charleston, Bassett listed each victims' name, then asked, "We say their names, but that is not enough, is it?
"Hatred still threatens to tear us apart," she warned, but "Hillary Clinton challenged all of us to turn our grief into action."
Bassett, who visited Charleston this year, said that she believed the city's "soul is on fire" and that it is recovering.
"It brought down the Confederate flag," she said, to cheers from the audience, "and it brings the Charleston community closer together every day." The actress then introduced Felicia Sanders and Polly Sheppard, two survivors of the Mother Emanuel Church shooting.
"To heal we must forgive," said Sheppard, sharing her and Sanders' story from the shooting.
"Love never fails, so I choose love," she added, "and in this election, I choose Hillary Clinton."
Sheppard and Sanders brought an optimistic tone to the conversation, ending with the message: "Together, we can heal. Together, we can love."
Wednesday speakers also include Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Jackson, Vice President Joe Biden, vp nominee Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama. Clinton will be introduced by her daughter Chelsea as the keynote address on Thursday.
Only halfway through, the DNC has had no shortage of A-list support in Philadelphia. Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Shonda Rhimes have all been spotted there, in addition to the roster of celebrity speakers. On Tuesday, Meryl Streep, Lena Dunham and America Ferrera and Tony Goldwyn spoke, while Elizabeth Banks hosted and former President Bill Clinton headlined.