Knoxville Kindness Rally


Several hundred people attended the Knoxville Kindness Rally, a community gathering with the goal of growing a community of love, on Saturday, August 26 at Krutch Park in downtown Knoxville. The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville, Compassion Coalition, and the Alliance for Better Nonprofits sponsored the event.

At a time when demonstrations by hate groups are becoming increasingly common across America, including right here in Knoxville, the sponsors of this event felt a need to provide Knoxvillians with a peaceful, non-violent opportunity to show the world that we stand for the core values of love, justice and human dignity. Our hope was that all who stand for these values would gather in common cause with our brothers and sisters to show the world that Knoxville is striving to find a better way.21032449_824897324354397_8650023282702283038_n-(1).jpg

According to event co-organizer Liza Zenni, the Kindness Rally was intended to give people who seek an outlet to express support for their fellow Knoxvillians a peaceful, safe, and supportive place to gather. Event co-organizer Jerry Askew added, "I think it's imperative that we speak out forcefully against hate and violence. Saturday's event provide[d] Knoxvillians the opportunity to show who we really are." 

Speakers included:

  • Liza Zenni, Executive Director of the Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville
  • Grant Standefer, Executive Director of Compassion Coalition
  • Pastor Daryl Arnold, Founder of the Overcoming Believers Church
  • Jerry Askew, President of the Alliance for Better Nonprofits

Music was provided by Carol Shane, Christina Horn, and others.

You can watch the full video of the speakers' remarks HERE.


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214 Tiffani is the Director of Community Engagement for ABN, and has been working in the nonprofit sector for the last decade. With experience in education, outreach, and fundraising, she has enjoyed the continuous ability to contribute to her community. Before joining ABN, she was the Development Manager for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. She earned her MA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008, and has lived in Upstate New York; Providence, RI; and Santa Fe, NM before settling in Knoxville. She sits on the board for Girls Inc. of Knoxville, has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, and volunteers at the Knoxville Museum of Art and the Knoxville Symphony.