Raleigh vigil hopes to offer 'renewed hope' after Charlottesville violence
Posted August 16
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wednesday candlelight vigil to show solidarity with Charlottesville, Va. is the second of its kind to happen in Raleigh this week.
The first thing people saw when they enter Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Wednesday evening are two large boards, where participants can write down how they plan to stand up against hatred.
Event organizers said they want to provide a moral response to the hate and violence they saw in Charlottesville, where a white nationalist rally ended with one woman dead and almost two dozen injured.
“It’s my great hope tonight, as we gather here, we will be able to tell the truth about our reality and we will be able to leave this place with some renewed hope and strength and courage to really face what is before us and see it through,” said Rev. Nancy Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.
Religious and community leaders, including Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, attended the vigil.
"We can not and should not ignore the hateful rhetoric espoused by extremist groups like the KKK, the neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups as it serves as a stark reminder that there is still much to be done in combating racism and bigotry in our communities," McFarlane said.
Hundreds filled the pews at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church to listen to religious leaders of different faiths and remember those injured and killed in Charlottesville.