Anti-hate rally held at Georgia College

Group hosts anti-hate rally in Milledgeville

Protests and rallies are going on across the country in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Tuesday night, people in Milledgeville held an anti-hate rally from the Georgia College campus in an effort to demonstrate love and support for the Charlottesville victims.

The rally was not associated with the University and was put on by the Middle Georgia Progressive Women's Group. 

According to the group's Facebook page, around 150 people were slated to attend. More than 200 showed up. 

We simply have to work to make our country better than this,” Rev. Susan Balfour said. She’s the pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Milledgeville.

After the events in Charlottesville, the Middle Georgia Women's Progressive Group planned the anti-hate rally, advocating for social change in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.

“If we want to be different we have to do different every day,” an organizer told the crowd.

Peaceful protestors held up signs in the GCSU quad as local activists led the crowd in song, poem, and prayer. Yvonne Grant made the drive from Sparta to attend the event.

“We're all one nation under God with liberty and justice for all,” Grant said. “We all bleed the same blood. “All colors matter, black and white, and any other color.”

Organizers challenged attendees like Grant to find out how they can influence change in the community, even after the rally ends.

Shelby Stillwell, a student at the college says that's simple.

“Just be nice, like just be courteous,” Stillwell said. “There's nothing else you're going to get out of this but love.”

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