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Woman Heartbroken After Charlottesville, Then Hears Their Prayer & Stops Short.

black man and white man praying together

The country is still in mourning after the violence that erupted earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white nationalists gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

During the rally, a man deliberately plowed his car into a group of counter-protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

That same day, more than 1,000 miles away, Jennifer Colyer and her family were enjoying themselves at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. And even as details of the violence emerged, she was the silent witness to a touching event between two strangers. Read her Facebook post below.

In the midst of what’s unfolding in Charlottesville, I couldn’t help but share something I witnessed at the Iowa State Fair on Saturday.

As my parents and I walked up the hill to get a little food, I noticed the man on the left sitting by himself. On our way back – not more than 10 minutes later – this stopped me in my tracks.


When the man on the right finished his prayer, the men hugged each other before going their separate ways. We may not be able to travel to Virginia or wherever the next demonstration of hate will be, but we can love right where we are.

Jennifer’s Facebook post has since gone viral as a singular testament to unity between two strangers, one black, and one white. These two men may have everything in the world in common, or nothing at all — except for their desire for peace and healing.

Share this message of love and unity today.

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