GRAHAM, N.C. — Hundreds of people stood shoulder to shoulder and marched days after a “I am Change March to the Polls” rally in Graham ended with pepper spray and arrests.
Reverend Gregory Drumwright prayed and led participants from Wayman’s Chapel AME Church on North Main Street to the Court Sqaure in Downtown Graham. He called for hate to be driven out and love driven into Alamance County. People stayed on the sidewalk since there was no permit to walk in the roads. Marchers from all over the state drove to Graham to join in for the three-hour event.
“It took all of us to actually be brave when you’re not feeling brave,” explained Laura Graves, who traveled with her family from Hillsborough. “It’s really important to stand up and use your privilege when you know that you have it.”
The first stop along the march was at Graham Recreational Center voting precinct, where several people stopped off to cast their ballot. Community members told FOX8 this was an important moment in history.
“For this to come to light and so much support is out here in this small town, this is like really special,” said Shawnette Lubin, who grew up in Graham.
When marchers arrived to Court Square, they were met with a separate group carrying Confederate flags. There was a brief exchange of words, but it didn’t get violent. The event wrapped up with a few remarks, singing and chants from the crowd before walking back to the chapel.