Protestors on Franklin Street chanted "Trump and Klan go hand-in-hand" and "No Justice, No Peace" on Friday night.
The event, called "We Are Not This," called for people to come together to discuss plans for the future and to celebrate the diversity of Orange County residents.
Throughout his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump made controversial comments about marginalized communities.
High school students Maxine Portier-Young, Sol Madar and Nikolai Mather were inspired to organize the event on Facebook to protest the spike in hate crimes since Trump's election.
“There’s been a resurgence of hate crimes across the U.S. following the election and I was tired of it. I wanted to get in the streets. I wanted to actually do something," said Madar, a junior at Chapel Hill High School. “A friend recommended that if there aren’t any protests immediately in your area then you should organize one.”
Madar said they and their friends were surprised by Trump's election and felt the tension at school recently.
Mather, a senior at Northwood High School in Chatham County, said he was scared about how people at his school would react to Trump's election.
“There is a definite uptake in racial slurs, sexual slurs, and queerphobic slurs," he said.
Portier-Young said she's experienced more verbal violence since the election.