The Kind Way, founded by Nashville residents Rebekah Rinehart and Sarah Gail Nelson, seeks to spread kindness throughout the country, one mural at a time. The social movement launched with their first installation, a beautiful free-handed work of art, located at 1120 Fourth Avenue North (in Germantown) on the backside of the building that includes Vui’s Kitchen, Juice Bar Germantown, and Little Donkey. The Kind Mural is spreading its positive message in the coming years, with more installations underway in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Diego, Denver, and New York.
Rebekah and Sarah have chosen to honor long-time Junior League Member and Nashville Sustainer, Randall W. Binford, otherwise known as “Grandy,” with a tribute during their movement’s launch. To them, Grandy exemplified kindness throughout her exemplary 72 years of life. Randall was an influential French teacher, having taught French at the high school level for ten years. She committed the rest of her life to education through mentoring and volunteer activities for numerous institutions providing educational opportunities to young people. Because of her love and appreciation for the arts and history, Randall volunteered with numerous organizations, including the Old Glory Chapter of the NSDAR, West Hill’s Women’s Club, The Junior League, Assistance League, numerous book clubs and the National Society of the US Daughters of 1812. Some of her volunteer roles included: Chairwoman for Memphis in May; President of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera; art docent at the Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga; and art docent at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio. Randall’s career took her and her husband Doug (of 51 years) to several cities throughout the years including Charleston, Memphis, Cincinnati, Dallas, Chattanooga, Houston and San Antonio. During those many moves, Randall remained particularly dedicated to her volunteer efforts on behalf of the Junior League.
Randall enjoyed two granddaughters that adored their “Grandy” because she was the sunshine in their lives every day. “She had the ability to light up a room and add warmth, wisdom, passion and KINDNESS to everything she did,” said her daughter Margaret. Randall also had countless friends across the country, always known to them as a kind, loyal, and wise friend. Randall has left behind a beautiful legacy that most of us can appreciate. May we all choose to seek the joy and beauty in all facets of life the way Randall did: the kind way.