UNC Student Senate is holding a candlelight vigil for The University of Virginia.
UNC Student Senate is holding a candlelight vigil for The University of Virginia. (Image courtesy of UNC Student Senate)

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, UNC Student Senate is hosting a candlelight vigil for The University of Virginia and those affected by Charlottesville.

Recently, on The University of Virginia Campus, white supremacists protested the removal of Confederate Robert E. Lee’s statue, in what they called a “unite the right” rally. Many were injured, and at least one person has died.

The violence at UVA has prompted national response, including an email from UNC President Kay Norton.

“It should go without saying that acts of race-based violence are counter to the values of UNC,” Norton said in an email to the student body. “We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive and safe campus that supports the free and open exchange of ideas.”

Student Senate plans to host a candlelight vigil at the Garden Theatre in response to the events at Charlottesville, in order to “join in solidarity.”

Originally planned to be a march from UNC’s campus to downtown Greeley, the event will instead take place at the Garden Theatre only. The candlelight vigil will include a moment of silence, guest speakers, and more.

The event will be held at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 30, at the Garden Theatre on central campus.

Read Norton’s response to Charlottesville.

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