DC residents gathered at Plymouth United Church of Christ in Northeast Tuesday afternoon to tackle the topic of racism.
Over the last two weeks multiple nooses have been found across the District including on the National Mall and Southeast.
The meeting at Plymouth brought together multiple local progressive groups in a town hall format. It focused on how residents can combat racism in the region.
Ed Davis is a black church member of Plymouth. He said he felt it was important to attend the event.
"We have been silent for too long," Davis said.
Reverend Graylan Hagler encouraged the crowd to be proactive whenever it sees racism on the streets of DC.
"Respond to it," he said. "Don't just lay back. Don't allow things to take place."