Several hundred people chanted “Love trumps hate” and “Are we divided? No” as they gathered in uptown’s Marshall Park on Sunday night to stand for diversity, peace and love in response to violent protests in Charlottesville, Va.
The local “Vigil for Charlottesville” was one of multiple rallies in cities across the state – including Durham, Chapel Hill and Fayetteville – and the nation.
Organizer Scott Huffman of Indivisible Charlotte said the vigil’s purpose was “to show how the alt-right, Nazism, white supremacy are not who we are.” Some attendees carried American flags or wore patriotic clothing.
One woman, Rachel Campbell of Charlotte, said she’s old enough to remember when Hitler came to power.