CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A Charlottesville scholar is researching a past tragedy in Greensboro, North Carolina, and drawing links to what happened in the city back in August of 2017.

On Tuesday, February 5, Virginia Humanities fellow Aran Shetterly presented his research on the Greensboro Massacre of 1979, during which five activists were killed and many others were injured by members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis as they protested the Klan and its interference in workers' rights.

During his presentation, Shetterly touched on similarities between the two events, like how police handled the situations.

“I think that the reason it's so important in Greensboro and in Charlottesville with what's happened here, is it's critical that we know all the facts and that the citizens get to understand an event based on the true facts of what happened,” Shetterly said.

Shetterly expects to release a book covering the events of the Greensboro Massacre sometime in 2020.