Three football players were killed on a bus late Sunday after returning to the University of Virginia from a field trip. Police arrested the suspected gunman after a 12-hour manhunt.
The rally by white supremacists protesting the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee left one counter-protester dead and several injured.
The Swords Into Plowshares project, led by the Jefferson School American Heritage Center, a local Black-led nonprofit, involves the statute at the heart of the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017.
In 2017, debate over Charlottesville's Robert E. Lee statue sparked a violent neo-Nazi rally that left a woman dead. Now, a Black cultural center wants to melt it down and turn it into public art.
"The value of having fought for things and standing at the end, having the experience of having fought for them in the real world, there's nothing like it," Michael Signer tells NPR.
Gov. Ralph Northam said that "there are groups with malicious plans" and raised concerns about a reprise of the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in 2017.
An effort to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee sparked the white nationalist rally in 2017 that resulted in the deaths of counter-demonstrator Heather Heyer and two state police officers.
Two years ago, a rally in Charlottesville exposed the violence of the nation's white nationalist movement. Now, victims of that violence want the courts to hold the organizers accountable.
In 2017, Mike Signer faced a small-town leader's nightmare: a racist rally that spiraled out of control and ended in bloodshed. Two years later, Signer is on a mission of education — and atonement.
The Virginia court's sentence is largely symbolic. Last month, a federal judge sentenced Fields to life in prison for killing a woman protesting a white nationalist rally in 2017.