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.
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."
- 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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Tiffani Mensch is the Director of Community Engagement for ABN. With over a decade of experience in nonprofit education, community outreach, and fundraising, Tiffani is passionate about helping nonprofits achieve greater mission impact. Before joining ABN, she worked for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, the University of Tennessee, and Girls Inc. of Santa Fe. She earned her master of arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelor of fine arts degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. Tiffani currently serves on the board of trustees for Girls Inc. of Knoxville and is a peer reviewer for the Standards for Excellence Institute. She also volunteers with several local nonprofits.