Lyle Foster

Michele Skalicky

At times it seems that civility is dead.  People are constantly at odds with one another, and shouting matches are all too common, especially online.  Social media is often used as a battleground where people who disagree on various issues fight with words.   People who were once friends no longer talk because their political or other beliefs are different.  

Despite that, there are many things happening in the Ozarks that show civility and attempts to understand one another are, in fact, very much alive.

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Hundreds of Missouri State University students, accompanied by many administrators and other school employees, took a vocal stand against hate Monday evening.

The half hour event, which remained peaceful throughout, featured comments from student leaders and university officials, including those who grew up during the Civil Rights Movement.

The Stand with Charlottesville Rally was organized by Britt Spears, president of the MSU Chapter of the NAACP.