Neighbors draw messages of hope on sidewalk for Muslims

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A mother has inspired dozens of residents to gather in front of the Islamic Center of Nashville, take up pieces of sidewalk chalk and draw messages of support for their Muslim neighbors.

News outlets report that April Benson-Scearce and her 3-year-old son began drawing cheerful images and words Thursday morning. Soon, about 30 people stopped to contribute to the chalk mural, as it stretched down the block.

Messages included “We want u here” and “Love trumps hate.”

Benson-Scearce says she felt she needed to support the Muslim community in the wake of the victory of president-elect Donald Trump, who used anti-Muslim rhetoric throughout his campaign.

As a gay woman, she told WZTV-TV ( ) that Trump’s campaign upset her and she worried the same is true of local Muslims.