GREENSBORO, N.C. -- From calls for change, to quiet moments of prayer, more than 200 students, teachers and activists rallied, marched and stood together at North Carolina A&T University Tuesday night.
Many students carried signs calling for peace and prayer for the city of Baltimore after days of protests and recent unrest after the death of Freddie Gray.
It’s an issue that hits home for students like Xavier Hunt who helped organize the rally.
“We have been following the case of Freddie Gray and watching everything that was going on back home and for a while we said, ‘yeah we need to do something’.”
Hunt is from North Baltimore and grew up near many of the buildings that were burned down Monday night.
“To see everything go down like that in one night, it’s really hurtful,” he said.
“That’s where I’m from so to see that and have to go back to that in a few days is like, man, but granted, I understand why,” said student Arnette Xavier Ward.
Ward says the images from his hometown are also painful to watch, but he’s turning that pain into action, bringing together students and others in the community peacefully.
“We can’t be part time activists.” Ward said. “A lot of this is teaching me, it’s okay to be upset, it’s okay if you’re mad, but be mindful, be cautious as to how you act.”