CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Adam Bell and Lavendrick Smith | The Charlotte Observer) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Saturday that rumors of a Ku Klux Klan march in uptown Charlotte Saturday are false.
A vigil for victims of deadly violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Marshall Park in Charlotte. CMPD said in a tweet it expects that event to be peaceful.
Also on Saturday, the city of Charlotte tweeted out a similar message, saying, "City leaders want tonight's Charlottesville vigil in Marshall Park to be a safe event for all who participate. Social media posts from various accounts may be sharing misleading information and/or old images.
The vigil is also aimed as a call to action to combat white supremacy.
The event, led by Charlotte Uprising, came a week after violence erupted at a white nationalist and white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, where a 32-year-old woman died after a car rammed into a group of counter protesters, and two state police officers were killed in a helicopter crash.
In Charlotte, Saturday's event was designed as a place for people to mourn the deaths in Virginia, and create a space for others to think of ways to fight against white supremacy on a local level.
It was the second vigil in uptown following the events in Charlottesville, culminating a week filled with nationwide rallies condemning racism, Naziism, the "Alt-right" and white supremacy.
In addition to the rallies, the violence in Charlottesville sparked nationwide debates about the removal of Confederate monuments. Charlottesville's plans to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park drew the attention of the white nationalists, white supremacists and others.
Several Confederate objects were vandalized throughout the country in the wake of Charlottesville, including in Durham, where a group of protesters were arrested after they tore down a statue of a Confederate soldier.
The events in Durham continued through Friday when hundreds of protestors held a counterprotest in anticipation of a rumored KKK march that ultimately never materialized.