A day after tensions between police and community activists almost boiled over on the University of Virginia's campus, the city of Charlottesville marked Sunday's anniversary of a deadly gathering of white supremacists with a rally against racial hatred.
Failure to separate raging crowds in Charlottesville one year ago resulted in clashes. He wrote that the nation must come together, and he condemned "all types of racism and acts of violence".
"Our role is to make sure we have a First Amendmentevent that goes on without any types of violence or destruction of property", Newsham said, according to CNN affiliate WTOP. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.
Bro said she believes any counterprotesters will be "a little more wary and cautious" after seeing what happened past year in Charlottesville, but she insisted that ignoring white nationalist groups is not the answer, saying they "crave silence or violence".
Bro said it is "difficult to say" if the country has made progress in the year since her daughter's death.
Almost one year after Heather Heyer was killed by a auto plowing into a crowd during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, her mother continues fighting for the same causes Heyer was fighting for that fateful day.
The day's death toll rose to three when a state police helicopter that had been monitoring the event and assisting with the governor's motorcade crashed, killing two troopers.
A student rally has been planned this weekend in Charlottesville to reclaim the campus square where the white supremacists marched previous year wielding tiki torches. Nineteen others were injured in the attack. A much smaller group arrived at a subway station near the White House and was escorted by police to the rally site at Lafayette Square.
Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a auto later barreled into a crowd of peaceful counter-protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
The group directed chants against police officers who were accompanying the march, including "cops and Klan go hand in hand".
Authorities have promised an enormous police presence to keep both sides apart and avoid the street brawls that broke out a year ago in downtown Charlottesville.
Outraged by the local response to the violence last August, Walker ran as an independent candidate for city council but ended up becoming the first African-American female mayor of Charlottesville, taking office less than five months after the rally of white nationalists gripped her community.
The Spectrum News DC bureau will be covering the Unite the Right rally Sunday, as well as the counter-protests. "This year they come w/ badges".
The original Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was to oppose plans to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a public park.
Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of last year's rally is planning another "white civil rights" rally on Sunday.
"If we ignore them, they think they have won because they have had the ... playing field all to themselves".