‘Hands Across Louisville’ aims to promote city-wide unity



Record Staff Report
The second “Hands Across Louisville” — an event that aims to promote unity and advocate for an end to gun violence in West Louisville — will take place May 13.

The day will begin at 10 a.m. in front of St. Martin de Porres Church, 3112 W. Broadway with speakers and entertainment. The hand holding to pray for an end to violence will happen from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The day will close with prayer.

Organizers are asking area parishes to “sponsor” a city block by coordinating 20 individuals to hold hands along that block, lead prayers or sing. They hope to form a human chain from Cave Hill Cemetery, 701 Baxter Avenue, to Shawnee Park, 4501 W. Broadway.

The event is sponsored by Hands Across Louisville, “a faith-based group formed to help stamp out gun violence,” according to a press release from the group.

“Hands Across Louisville seeks to collaboratively and collectively work to reclaim and rebuild our community, especially in West Louisville, through education and empowerment. It is dedicated to communal unity that reminds city officials of our needs and values.” said the release.

A Transit Authority of River City (TARC) bus will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to transport participants, free of charge, up and down Broadway.

Parishioners who wish to sponsor a block should sign up by contacting Rosemary Smith, by April 15, at 267-4344, 767-5368 or at rosie
blue1941@gmail.com or Kim Telesford-Mapp at 235-6733, 776-5785 or at kmapp@fhclouisville.org.

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