Local community delves into discussion on Charlottesville protests

The memory lingers on – but do the lessons learned?

"I do not want Charlottesville to just be another event that is swept under the rug in America," says Abiodun 'Abey' Adeoye. 

For students, professors, and community members what happened in Charlottesville three months ago is a reminder that America still has room to grow. 

"I kept thinking what is a way I can implement this on my campus? How can I get students and professors involved and talk about social movements that are happening right in our backyard," explains Abey.

"A lot of students after the Charlottesville event, we really felt like we needed to talk about what was happening and because something like this though it seems really far away at times it could happen here in Salisbury," says SU student Alyssa Massey.

Gathered in an assembly hall at Salisbury University nearly 100 students took part in a discussion that is beneficial to the community. 

Massey says, "Hearing the speakers tonight talk about the history of the events leading up to Charlottesville really helped to explain what was going on and the motivations behind the attack and to help us remember what happened in Charlottesville was not isolated and that these events are all interconnected this could happen anywhere." 

It's a conversation, an event, that would not have happened if it weren't for Abey. 

"When people start talking that's when things start happening. The good or bad it all starts with speaking so if I can get students involved by talking maybe we can counteract the negativity that we saw in Charlottesville with something more positive." 

This type of discussion is exactly what Abey was hoping for and he believes it's the kind of discussion that will spark change. 

"Let's talk and let's move on and say okay what can we do in response to this directly because speaking is one thing taking action is another so my goal is to get people to take action from this." 

But it wasn't just SU students and faculty that were taking part in the discussion. 

City leaders, lawyers, even law enforcement also joined in on the conversation. Salisbury Police Chief Barbara Duncan was among those city leaders. 

She tells 47 ABC open forums like this is a huge step forward for the city and local community. 

"As a city official it's very easy to only focus on what's happening internally or the crime of the moment but then when you realize that you've got young minds out there that are welcoming to engagement and they're growing and learning and they want to be involved in the process, you can't have anything better for crime reduction and safety in any municipality," says Chief Duncan.

And to continue the conversation, there are already plans to hold another panel to revisit the protests in Charlottesville.  

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