This weekend marked the one year anniversary of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
August 11, 2017 marked a new day on the calendar for those in Charlottesville and around the nation, when a violent group of white supremacists bombarded the city’s historic Downtown Mall with only one goal in mind–chaos and destruction.
The weekend’s events left three people dead, and dozens of others injured as the city became a stomping grounds for radical racism, political division, and hopelessness of the future ahead.
One year later, thousands flipped to the new day on their calendars to be reminded of the events of last year. Several groups gathered to once again protest and counter-protest. They argued about a Robert E. Lee statue, and they laid flowers in remembrance of those who tragically lost their lives just one year ago.
As with almost anything in this age, you can bet the media covered every violent act that went down over this weekend. Whether it’s the four people arrested prior to Saturday’s demonstrations, or literally being the fuel to the fire that was Unite the Right 2 as the group made their way to Washington DC. The media was the first to remind us of how messed up and violent parts* of our world are.
What you didn’t see was the only group given permission to gather on the Downtown Mall on this weekend of remembrance.
On Sunday night, underneath the Sprint Pavilion, hundreds gathered for what leaders called the Better Together Rally. The peaceful gathering was a composed of members of several churches in the Charlottesville area, who joined together in prayer for a better tomorrow.
“We’re going to mourn together. We’re going to repent and take a posture of humility, and then we’re going to rejoice because we have hope that we believe that Charlottesville cannot be known of a place of division, but a place of unity,” Senior Pastor Tony Schiavone spoke to the crowd.
The Better Together Rally is the Reminder we ALL need to leave a legacy in our cities–Not one of racism, but one of revival.
Check out coverage from last night’s Better Together events, here.