SILVER SPRING – The violence that erupted in the aftermath of a confrontation between white supremacist groups protesting the removal of a Confederate statue and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., has stirred painful memories for some area residents.
"It's horrible to see these things happening again," said Rocky Twyman a local activist and veteran of the anti-Jim Crow struggles of the 1960s. "It's truly horrible to see the Nazi flag in America. The Jews helped us in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. They came down to help us organize and spent their money to bail us out of jail."
On Aug. 19, Twyman's Pray at the Pump Movement partnered with Hopeside Seventh Day Adventist Church to hold a "Speak out Concert Against Hate" at Calverton Baptist Church in Silver Spring, where Hopeside holds its Saturday services.
"What we see now is that hate is becoming mainstream," said Anand "Andy" Chavakula, pastor of Hopeside. "Today, I want to encourage people to come together and to launch the slogan 'Standing up against hate is winning for America."