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Albany civil rights leader reflects on Charlottesville protests

W. Frank Wilson, Executive Director for the Albany Civil Rights Institute (Source: WALB) W. Frank Wilson, Executive Director for the Albany Civil Rights Institute (Source: WALB)
Protests over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA (Source: WALB) Protests over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA (Source: WALB)
WIlson said the Albany Civil Rights Institute hosts several events where they ask for people to come together and increase dialogue (Source: WALB) WIlson said the Albany Civil Rights Institute hosts several events where they ask for people to come together and increase dialogue (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Albany Civil Right Institute's Executive Director is asking people to unite after the violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

W. Frank Wilson, the Executive Director of the Albany Civil Rights Institute said people with opposing views need to respect one another, talk about their differences, and move on.

Protests turned violent over the weekend in Charlottesville after the city council voted to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Wilson, who experienced the Civil Rights Movement, said what took place in Virginia was actually more violent than some of the protests in the 1960s.

"When they began to attack those folks, because they were against them, that took the whole incident to a new level. It's just appalling in 2017," Wilson said.

The executive director said he understands that people are going to have different views, but the situation takes on a whole new level when people act out in violence.

Wilson said people should be finding opportunities to get out of their comfort zones and sit down with those who are different from them.

According the executive director, the Albany Civil Rights Institute has several events throughout the year where they encourage people to sit down, increase dialogue, and learn about those who are different.

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