After a few minutes, most demonstrators began walking away.
Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down the group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends.
Lisa Woolfork, a University of Virginia professor and Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer, said police are mounting a "huge, overwhelming show of force to compensate for last year's inaction".
Newsham said the white nationalists and counterprotesters.
This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which turned violent as protesters and counter-protesters clashed.
A makeshift memorial for Heyer has been started ahead of planned protests.
'As long as I'm working, I'm not thinking too much or feeling too much, ' Bro said. She recognized the other victims of the attack and the troopers who died, Lt. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates.
"Last year was a whole different story".
The "Unite the Right 2" rally is being billed as a "white civil rights rally" meant to protest "civil rights abuse in Charlottesville". But there is a fierce debate over the best way to respond to emboldened white supremacy, with some Americans arguing fringe extremist groups should be ignored, and others saying they must be publicly confronted.
"That happened and we have to recognize it, but that's a symptom of the underlying disease", said Kibiriti Majuto, a student organizer.
"A year ago, white supremacists and neo-Nazis from all over the country gathered in Charlottesville to spew hateful rhetoric and bigotry".
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Walker agreed that the images of a auto plowing into a crowd of counter-demonstrators shocked the world because the small, Southern town of Charlottesville, the home to former President Thomas Jefferson and the University of Virginia, provided a stark contrast to the nation's underlying racial tensions. Some marchers linked arms as they walked.
A review by a former US attorney found a lack of coordination between state and city police and an operational plan that elevated officer safety over public safety. Don't respond to the violence if you can protect yourself without it and do not let your guard down, ' she told CBS News.
On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision chose to remove a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park.
The Rev. Seth Wispelwey is a founder of a group of clergy and lay people called "Congregate C-ville" previous year. We must come together as a nation, ' he wrote on Saturday morning.
On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists - including neo-Nazis, skinheads and Ku Klux Klan members - descended on Charlottesville in part to protest the city's decision to remove a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a park.
The city says each man was released on a misdemeanor summons.
This item has been updated to correct the spelling of Wispelwey in one instance.
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Kessler had sought a permit from the city of Charlottesville to hold an event commemorating the "Unite the Right" rally this weekend, but withdrew his request in a federal court hearing late last month, according to city officials.
At the same time, she said: "We, the people of Washington, D.C., say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we denounce anti-semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday".
Large crowds of counterprotesters had gathered by early afternoon in DC's Freedom Plaza, where they held a "United Against Hate" demonstration featuring a series of guest speakers.