ONE YEAR LATER: Chattanooga pastor reflects on Charlottesville protests
It's been one year since protestors and white nationalists met in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Anna Golladay is spending her Sunday at a church in Chattanooga, but her heart is in Charlottesville and Washington D.C., where white supremacists are expected to hold another "Unite the Right" rally.
"It's hard to be on the other side of the phone screen or the laptop screen and watch,” Golladay said. “It's also, I think, I have to admit, it's probably good for my health."
This time last year, she was documenting her journey through Facebook.
Golladay still thinks about being in Charlottesville during those protests. She was in a group of 40 clergy members who marched to the statue singing and praying.
This week, in particular, brought back a rush of emotions she never anticipated.
"I would have loved to have thought that we had come further in a year than we actually have," Golladay explained.
The statue that sparked the rally last year is still standing, but she said that's irrelevant.
"Would I like the statue to come down? Sure," Golladay explained. "Is it about the statue? Not really. It was never about the statue. It was about people feeling as if their voice was not heard any longer."
Her belief remains the same as it did one year ago, fight hate with love. No matter how long it takes.
"Hearts and minds change much slower than we often would like," Golladay added.
Golladay could not attend the march in D.C. this year because she plans to take a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in a few weeks.