Hands Across Louisville 2017 Report

Hands across LouisvilleOn Saturday, May 13, 2017, approximately 500 people took part in the 2nd annual Hands Across Louisville. The mission of the event was to bring healing and hope to the residents of Louisville regarding the increase in gun violence in our city. It is dedicated to a communal unity from the east to west ends of our city with a show of support for stopping the violence.

27 blocks were sponsored by churches of all faiths and other organizations. Each block had 10-20 people (or more) holding hands to show our unity in this endeavor. For 4 hours before we spread out across Broadway -- from Shawnee Park in the west to 3rd Street in the east – there were speakers and entertainment next to St. Martin dePorres Catholic Church at 31st and Broadway.

After the hand-holding, there was a closing non-denominational prayer service led by Deacon James Turner and Deacon Lucio Caruso.

Epiphany had 56 people on their block from 24th to 26th Streets, including the dancers from Mexico Lindo who had performed earlier. Epiphany can feel very proud to have let everyone know that we want gun violence to end. Whether in the west end or the east end, we are all affected by it.

Read more about this event in a story in The Record.