Zach Hunter

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Zach Hunter (born 1991) is an anti-slavery activist. When he was 12 years old, he launched Loose Change to Loosen Chains, a student-led effort to raise awareness and funds to end slavery.[1] Hunter is the author of four books, Be the Change (Zondervan), Generation Change (Zondervan), Lose Your Cool (Zondervan), and "Chivalry" (Zonedervan). Born in Washington State, Hunter resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Inspiration[edit]

When asked why he got involved as an abolitionist at such a young age, Hunter said "There are actually 27 million slaves in the world. I was really surprised to find that out," he said. "And I had all these emotions about it and I wasn't sure what to think about the idea of having modern slavery, you know. But I didn't think it was enough to just have emotions." [2] Hunter took his emotions of anger and outrage and launched Loose Change to Loosen Chains. Through the campaign, students tell the stories of modern day slaves and collect loose change in yellow cups. The collected change is then used to help fund the work of abolitionist organizations such as Free the Slaves and International Justice Mission; educate and inspire other abolitionists and further the student-led effort. His hard-work ethic has inspired many younger people nationally to devote themselves to causes that matter.

Hunter cites Dr. Martin Luther King's peaceful revolution, the work of Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass as some of his inspiration.[2] But foremost among his inspiration was William Wilberforce, the slavery abolitionist in England who lived almost 200 years ago. WIlliam Wilberforce was a devout Christian and knew John Newton, the slave trader who wrote the hymn, 'Amazing Grace.' What Wilberforce advocated, and what Hunter recognizes, is the love that God has for all of humanity. In light of His precious love, we should strive to let the whole world see that love and grace and mercy that He freely gives. Slavery should be a chief concern among us because of its degradation of humans who were made in the image of God.

Ongoing work[edit]

In addition to his work combatting modern day slavery, Hunter is also working to mobilize a new generation of activists. Hunter describes the most serious problems he sees in the world today in his book Generation Change and profiles the work of other young people dedicated to solving the problems. Hunter speaks around the world to students, youth workers and activists. In addition to his published books, he is a frequent contributor to print and online periodicals including The Huffington Post. His most recent book is Chivalry which will be released in July 2013.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "END SLAVERY NOW". Breakaway. Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Just 15, He Leads Fight to Abolish Slavery". ABC News. March 15, 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-18. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Zach (2011-11-02). "A Christian Ethic of Social Justice: Will A Bible Fill An Empty Stomach?". Huffington Post.