An estimated 250 people participated in a vigil to stand against hate Sunday on Main Street in Morgantown, according to Twin Valley Citizens For Racial Justice.
Participants included people of all faiths, political ideologies and backgrounds, the group said in a news release Monday.
Social distancing guidelines were observed and participants wore masks while holding candles and placards advocating tolerance and justice.
The vigil included a demonstration where participants knelt for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to honor the life of George Floyd.
Participants left with a strong sense of community and a better understanding of how institutional racism impacts people of color every day, the group’s news release said.
The vigil also sent a message, the statement said, that hate has no home here.
As a next step, the group plans to contact elected officials, volunteer and learn more about institutional racism.