Clementine Hunter wasn’t worried about what anybody thought of her. There were more important things taking up her time and attention. She needed to survive.
She worked on a plantation so cruel and racist it inspired the novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” All she was good for, according to her captors, was picking cotton and cleaning up after white folk. But she knew better than to believe those lies.
The plantation began to host white artists from the nearby city. One of them left behind some supplies, so Hunter cleaned them, but started painting in her own way.
From washing, to cooking, to attending funerals, her paintings gave voice to the stories of our people, regardless of what white art critics thought. Before long, it was exactly this irreverence that made her famous. Today, her paintings are extremely valuable and even inform the standards of other artists. Her work was divine even though her circumstances were not.
Hunter understood that if God knows the number of hairs on our head, we can be assured that His love for us is boundless and intentional. So act accordingly, regardless of what the rest of the world may say. You are loved.
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