Hundreds 'let it shine' in solidarity with Charlottesville
Martin Luther King Jr. once said "darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that," and so these people came out to shine one.
"Every where I go I'm gonna let it shine," the crowd sang.
Hundreds gathered in Schenectady Thursday night to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville, Virginia, after a white nationalist rally there turned violent.
32 year old Heather Heyer was killed when a car plowed into a group of counter protestors, and dozens more were hurt.
"I was shocked, very much shocked, and I think that we're better than that," said one woman.
Those at Thursday's vigil say they want to affirm that racism will not be tolerated.
"This is a problem throughout the country. It's a problem throughout America's history, racism, and we can all do better right here, right in the Schenectady area, to love each other just a little bit better," said Reverend Dustin Wright with Messiah Lutheran Church.
Some gave steps on how to do just that.
"Taking action, holding each other accountable and responsible," said Ang Morris with the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.
"Make sure that we're vigilant when it comes to injustice in our daily lives," added another.
And most importantly, drive out hate with love. Thursday, the electric city hoped to shine love all the way to Virginia.
"What are we? Maybe 1500 miles away? We came to the call. So I hope and pray the Charlottesville knows that Schenectady, New York, we are here. You are in our hearts and prayers."
"Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine."