Today, people from all walks of life gathered on the Chattanooga Green for a coloring event.
The Hunter Memorial Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Chattanooga, began as a way to honor the late Pastor WC Hunter and his wife Claudine Hunter.
“They were huge, huge community advocates — all about God and putting God first and spreading kindness and giving back.”
April Q Russell, a volunteer with the organization, says the Hunters’ legacy of service and kindness lives on through the Hunter Memorial Foundation and their projects like the Change Through the Color event.
With the recent violence and disarray across the world, the founders of Hunter Memorial felt today was the perfect time to bring people together for a fun afternoon of creativity and coloring.
“I think when I talk to them, they’re like let’s get back to basics, do something cool, bring different cultures together, it’s a beautiful day outside and people grab a pencil and color.”
They called on artists around the world to submit artwork showing what diversity and inclusion looks like to them. They selected a few and printed them into a first draft coloring book.
“We have other pages that represent all of the culture, different cultures around the world that people have submitted. The ASL community which is the American Sign Language community, so you’ll see something with sign language. “
On Saturday morning, they set up tents, construction games and a face painting station on the Chattanooga Green.
“What we like to do is take all the photos that are submitted today and post them in a master book and put some stuff online and have a master book with colors all over town.”
Russell says it was exciting to see people put down their phones and share a marker with their neighbors.