Candlelight march for Charlottesville in Atlanta
ATLANTA - Dozens of people marched for more than a mile by Candlelight across Midtown Atlanta in a display of peace and unity, calling for an end to racial injustice and violence stemming from the events in Charlottesville.
The march was organized by University of Virginia alumni and rallied for people in the community to stand with Charlottesville in prayer and solidarity.
The march drew in other passerby and pedestrians across Midtown, as it traveled from Piedmont Park to the Beltline and the Old Fourth Ward Historic Park.
Organizers planned the event as a peaceful march, in contrast to protesters who vandalized a statue in the same park days before.
"Everybody can think about the terrorism that took place in Charlottesville, the hatred they brought there, and combat that with love and community," said organizer Michael McElrath.
Alumni plan to travel to Charlottesville this weekend to support the academic community and incoming freshman that are moving into the dorms.