They Went Through A Lot In Charlottesville But Inspire With Their Courage To Stand Up For What They Believe

"At the end of the day, we're all the same."

When Marissa Blair and her fiancé Marcus Martin decided to go to Charlottesville last month, they had no idea it would change everything.

It was Saturday morning in August when the couple heard about the White supremacists protests that were occurring in the Virginia city. Without hesitation, the two knew they needed to drive down there to make their voices heard.

"We just both looked at each other and we were like, 'We gotta go,' " Blair said in a video for The Ellen Show. "We have to be out there. We have to stand up for our community."

The couple had plans to join their friends Courtney Commander and Heather Heyer in Charlottesville. But the second they drove into the city and saw 30 White supremacists marching in the streets, Blair had second thoughts.

"I said, 'Baby, I don't think this is a good idea,' " Blair said.


But the motivation to stand up for their beliefs and the rights of their peers pioneered them through the counter protest. Soon after, a car drove through the crowd, and Martin pushed his fiancé out of the way. As a result of the accident, Martin's leg is damaged and Heyer lost her life.

Despite their losses that day, Blair stood by her and Martin's decision to speak up on the racial divide that still exists in America with the belief that the country needs to stand by its own name.

"It's about what human beings need to do to come together and to show that we love each other," she said, "that we're the United States of America and that we're going to be united."

The couple also appeared as guests on The Ellen Showwhere they reflected on Heyer's death and recounted their experience to the audience.

"How can you hate [any other race] so much but your race when we're the same?" Martin said. "At the end of the day, we're all the same."

Blair and Martin had plans to get married this fall or next spring, but with Martin's injury coupled with the fact that he's unable to work at his landscaping job, they're not sure when they can tie the knot.

But in classic Ellen DeGeneres fashion, she presented them with a $25,000 check from Shutterfly –– an online photo publishing service –– to ensure them happy memories whenever they plan to have their big day.

Watch the couple's appearance on "The Ellen Show" below:


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