Westboro Baptist Church brought its message of hate and intolerance to four Richmond, Virginia institutions on March 2, including Hillel of Richmond. Local students took a stand against the group's message and held an anti-hate rally on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
While counter protests were held across the city, the students did not want to give any press or attention to the church, and instead decided to hold a separate event altogether. "They didn't want to give WBC the press they were seeking and they didn't want to counter-protest at any of the locations," says Hillel of Richmond Director KB Levin. "AEPi, AEPhi, and Hillel decided to hold an anti-hate rally in the VCU Commons Plaza at the same time that the WBC people planned to protest Hillel at the JCC."
More than 350 people from all walks of life attended the rally and heard from a variety of speakers on unity and diversity. More information on the Westboro Baptist Church's protests in Richmond can be found here.