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NAACP Hosts a Reflection Forum at Zion Baptist Church

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Albemarle-Charlottesville chapter of the NAACP organized the “Time for Reflections and Healing” forum at Zion Union Baptist Church Sunday afternoon.

UVA's President Jim Ryan, State Senator Creigh Deeds and Heather Heyer's mother Susan Bro were among those in attendance.

The forum focused on healing from last year's white supremacist events in Charlottesville.

Speakers discussed the city's long history of inequality that began long before August 11 and 12 of last year.

Democratic Virginia State Senator of the 25th District, Creigh Deeds, said, “We have to be forward thinking, that we need to reflect, we need to remember the people we lost. We lost a resident of this community and two state troopers last year and that very somber day that we all remember, but we have to move forward, we have to build on what we've learned and grow together.”

The senator said it was important for people to come together and engage in conversations with one another.

Susan Bro also spoke. Bro implored people to focus on the social injustices that were important to her daughter.