On the day white supremacist Richard Spencer was slated to speak at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP held “More Perfect Union: A Community Solidarity Against Hate” on the post office plaza on Franklin Street.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP President Anna Richards said she arrived at the plaza at 10 a.m. Wednesday, and that organizations would be protesting and providing speakers throughout the day. The event ended around 6 p.m.
“This particular day came about because Richard Spencer was supposed to be on campus today,” Richards said. “Once his permit was denied there was a concern that he might try to get another venue and so we booked this. It almost started as a counter rally, but once his permit was denied we decided to turn this into a day of peace.”
Representatives from the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom held banners promoting peace on the side of the plaza. Representative Mary Dooley said she hoped to see a turnout similar to the anti-Ku Klux Klan rally in Durham.
“It’s occupying this public space for peace against the ugliness that could have happened if we didn’t do this,” Dooley said. “We knew it wouldn’t be that many people here, but we want to show that we’re a peaceful town.”