A member of "The Militia" keeps the peace outside the Unite the Right rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. Evelyn Hockstein For The Washington Post
A member of "The Militia" keeps the peace outside the Unite the Right rally on Saturday in Charlottesville, Va. Evelyn Hockstein For The Washington Post

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Vigils in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties today to protest ‘white supremacist hatred’ in Charlottesville

By Mark Schultz and Abbie Bennett

mschultz@heraldsun.com

abennett@newsobserver.com

August 13, 2017 02:57 PM

UPDATED August 13, 2017 06:02 PM

DURHAM

Community members will gather in in Durham, Orange and Chatham counties Sunday, Aug. 13 to hold vigils for racial justice and equality and to protest this weekend’s white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Indifference in the face of this kind of bigoted terrorism is not an option,” Eleanor Wertman of Indivisibull Durham said in a news release. “We will gather to support each other in our continued fight against white supremacy.”

The vigil begins at 6 p.m. at CCB Plaza, 237 Corcoran St., in downtown Durham to demand that elected leaders condemn “the racist views espoused by Unite the Right participants, and publicly commit ourselves to resisting the cancer of white supremacy,” the release said.

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The vigil is sponsored by groups including Durham for Organizing Action, Indivisibull Durham, IndivisiblesNC – District 1, Protecting Progress in Durham, Triangle Indivisible Daily Call to Action, Tuesdays with Tillis, and Together We Will North Carolina.

The Bull City Hip Hop Youth Ambassadors are holding a vigil from 5 to 6 p.m. at East End Park, 1200 N. Alston Ave., near the tennis courts, in Durham.

“The vigil is in response the atrocities occurring in Charlottesville, VA,” Bull City Hip Hop Youth Ambassadors representative Sandra Davis said in an email Sunday afternoon. “Many of our inner city youth have expressed their fear, frustration, disappointment and anger. This will give our inner city youth and community the opportunity to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. This is a positive outlet for the community to band together and vent their emotions.

In Orange County, events will begin at 6 p.m. in Carrboro and Hillsborough and a “Solidarity with Charlottesville” event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Silent Sam Confederate monument on the UNC Chapel Hill campus.

“We will gather at Silent Sam, Chapel Hill’s own despicable Confederate monument, to show solidarity to those who stood up to fascism in Charlottesville this weekend, to mourn the death of the person murdered by fascists in Charlottesville today and to emphasize our own tireless commitment to fighting tyranny of all kinds,” the event page read.

Members of The Real Silent Sam Coalition placed a black garment on the barrel of the statue's gun Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. The skirt symbolized the skirt that industrialist Julian Carr said at the statue's 1913 dedication hung in shreds after he "horsewhipped a Negro wench" for insulting a Southern lady on the street. Between 30 and 40 members of the coalition marched from McCorkle Place to Memorial Hall where they briefly disrupted the University Day proceedings to decry the memorial to Confederate soldiers of the university and racism they say persists on campus.
Mark Schultz mschultz@newsobserver.com

Additional events, In Support of Humanity in Charlottesville will beheld at 6 p.m. outside Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. and “Orange County Stands Against White Supremacy” will be held at the Old Courthouse on King Street in Hillsborough at 6 p.m.

In Pittsboro, a Chatham County Vigil for Peace was scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse.

“The gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend was a terrible display of bigotry and hate that has simmered just below the surface for decades, but has been unleashed anew as racism and bigotry have found homes in the highest levels of government,” the page for the Hillsborough event read. “Let’s stand together as a community to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, mourn the life of the woman killed when protesters were run down, and say ‘no’ to white supremacy.”

Over the weekend, hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members gathered in Charlottesville for a “Unite the Right” rally and to protest the removal of Confederate statues.

This weekend’s activities come amid a months-long community discussions in Orange County about Confederate symbols and statues.

"Historical context and use of the symbol as harbinger of violence and murder is at issue here," Hillsborough resident Katherine Walker tells the Orange County Schools Board of Education Monday, April 24, 2017, at Stanback Middle School in Hillsborough, NC. She and about two dozen speakers urged the board to ban the flag on school system property.
Mark Schultz mschultz@newsobserver.com

For most of the year the Orange County Schools has been debating whether to ban the Confederate flag from student clothing and on school property. Parent Latarndra Strong and others formed the Hate Free Schools Coalition after she saw a Confederate battle flag displayed three days in a row in a student’s truck at Orange High School.

Schultz: 919-829-8950; @HeraldSunEditor

Here is a list of events scheduled Sunday and Monday

▪ #Charlottesville - IndivisiblesNC - Sunday August 13th

Wayne County Vigil for Peace

6pm - 6:30pm

Wayne County Veterans Memorial

239 E Walnut St

Goldsboro, NC

▪ Vigil for Peace

Indivisible Carteret

6:30pm

Katherine Davis Park on Arendell St

Morehead City, NC

▪ In Support of Humanity in Charlottesville

Indivisible Orange County, NC

6pm - 7pm

Carrboro Town Hall

301 W Main St

Carrboro, NC

▪ Candlelight Vigil for the People of Charlottesville (NOTE--this event is MONDAY NIGHT AUGUST 14TH)

Not an Indivisible sponsored event

7:30pm - 9:30pm

1500 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Raleigh, NC

▪ Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville

6pm

Harnett County Courthouse Steps

Lillington, NC

▪ Chatham County Vigil for Peace

Chatham County Indivisible

3pm

Historic Courthouse

Pittsboro, NC

▪ Hometown Not Hate: Fayetteville for Charlottesville

Cape Fear Indivisible

6pm to 8pm

215 Myrover St

Fayetteville, NC

▪ Solidarity with Charlottesville

Forward! Franklin

5pm - 6:30pm

Macon County Courthouse

5 West Main St

Franklin, NC

▪ Vigil for Peace

Indivisible Citizens of Catawba Valley

8pm - 9pm

Union Square

Hickory, NC

▪ Vigil for Peace

Transylvania Indivisible

3pm

Gazebo on Main Street

Brevard, NC

▪ Charlottesville Solidarity

Indivisible of Moore County NC

2pm

Southern Pines Park

Southern Pines, NC

▪ Asheville Solidarity with Charlottesville

Indivisible Asheville/WNC and Black Mountain Indivisibles

7pm - 8pm

Pack Square - NC Vance Monument

Asheville, NC

▪ Hillsborough Stands Against White Supremacy

Hillsborough Progressives Taking Action, Orange County Strong

6pm

Courthouse

Hillsborough, NC

▪ Southern Solidarity With Charlottesville

Progressive Nation WNC

5pm - 7pm

Haywood County Courthouse

215 N Main St Ste 3200

Waynesville, NC

▪ No Room for Hate Demonstration

POW, Progressive Organized Women

5pm

Historic Courthouse

Main Street

Hendersonville, NC

▪ We Shall Overcome: Vigil For Racial Justice and Equality

IndivisiblesNC District 1, Durham for Organizing Action, Together We Will-NC, Indivisible Triangle Daily Call to Action, Protecting Progress in Durham, IndivisiBULL People’s Alliance, Tuesdays With Tillis

6pm - 7pm

CCB Plaza

201 N Corcoran St

Durham, NC

▪ Candlelight Vigil for Equality and Justice

Indivisible Concord

7pm - 8pm

Rotary Square Market

111 Union St S

Concord, NC

▪ Candles for Charlottesville - Unity and Social Justice

Indivisible Greensboro, Indivisible High Point, Indivisible Forsyth NC

7pm to 8pm

Governmental Plaza

110 S Greene St

Greensboro, NC

▪ Candlelight Vigil for Charlottesville

Leland Indivisible and Wilmington based Indivisible groups

6pm - 7pm

Riverfront Park

5 N Water Street

Wilmington, NC

Vigil for Charlottesville

Indivisible Charlotte, Indivisible Uptown Charlotte, Indivisible MoC District 9

8pm - 9pm

Marshall Park

Charlotte, NC

▪ Solidarity With Charlottesville

Not Indivisible Sponsored

7pm to 10pm

Silent Sam Confederate Monument

Chapel Hill, NC

▪ Winston-Salem Vigil for Unity

Not Indivisible sponsored

7pm

Art Park

621 N Liberty St

Winston-Salem, NC