Charlotte NAACP holds rally in response to events in Charlottesville

- Local faith and political leaders came together at a rally on  Monday to share their message and take action against hate and discrimination.

"We gather today, in unity and in love, when a time so much hate has been displayed,” said Corine Marck,  President of Charlotte’s NAACP.

Marck led the hour-long assembly where both religious and political leaders took a stand.

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"Standing behind me is a group of interfaith leaders all over this city. What you see is men and women, black and white, democrats and republicans - yes, I said republicans - who are standing here this afternoon in solidarity with families of the victims in Charlottesville Virginia," said NC State Senator Joel Ford.

The most heart-wrenching words came from a man all too familiar with Charlottesville’s pain and tragedy.

"There are certain times in your life you know exactly where you were when something occurred. I knew exactly where I was when I got the phone call that my sister Cynthia was murdered attending Bible study at Emanuel AME Church,” said Malcolm Graham, the brother of one of the nine people killed in the Charleston church shooting.

Malcolm Graham, along with the black, white, Jewish, and Latino leaders, called the events in Charlottesville terrorism.

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"If you want to march and let vile things roll off your tongue, I’m ok with it, that's your right to free speech no matter how pathetic and revealing or white privileged the speech is, but when the speech is turned into violent actions, whether it's firing a gun into a church or piling a car into a crowd, that's terrorism,” Graham said.

Many are also calling for action.

"Never again. The bully boys will not take over this country. They will not march again with other people being afraid of them. a coward man dies a million deaths. A decent man dies once. We will stand up. We will not allow this to be in our cities, states, or country. If people don't want to join us, then find a place to go because it's not going to work anymore," said Charlotte city councilwoman Claire Fallon.

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