Dear Howard University Community:
As many of you know, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency today after unrest in Charlottesville, Va. This morning, counter-protesters gathered in Emancipation Park in anticipation of a Unite the Right rally, a gathering of White nationalist groups who are promoting White Supremacy. The aim of the rally was to protest the removal of a statue honoring Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed violently and a car plowed into a group described as "anti-racist" demonstrators, killing one person and injuring 19 others. Thankfully, clergy members and other activists’ groups met those white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klan members with opposition standing in a line singing "This Little Light of Mine" to drown out the profanity and slurs. "Love has already won. We have already won."