CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Hundreds marched in Uptown to counter a Ku Klux Klan rally that was scheduled in Raleigh. It was a “March for Love” and it trumped the turnout for the KKK rally that was nearly nonexistent.
“Right after the elections, the ‘Royal White Knights’ of North Carolina said they were going to have a celebratory parade,” said Rabbi Judith Schindler.
That didn’t fly with dozens of community leaders. Grassroots organization “March for Love” in Charlotte through a celebratory parade of their own. One step at a time, people marched in Uptown to fight back against hate.
“The mothers of three children didn’t want a message of hate to be share with our community,” said Schindler.
“So this is an anti-hate rally.”
With flowers in hand, somewhere in the ballpark of 500 people paid respects to three monuments that exemplified the power of love over hate- the Holocaust, Martin Luther King Jr. and “Mahatma” Gandhi Memorials.
Along the way people like Mona McCallum and Heidi Henderson sparked relationships and bridged the gap between different communities.
“I’m just grateful to be here and experience the compassionate love for people that don’t look like me,” said Mona McCallum of Sacred Souls Community Church.