Video Vault: Hands Across America human chain, coast to coast and through Cleveland in 1986

Charity event to combat homelessness

CLEVELAND - Hands Across America took place on May 25, 1986. The attempt to have people create a human chain from coast to coast was a way to raise awareness and funds to fight homelessness.

That human chain wound its way right smack dab through the heart of Cleveland.

Our video player contains a story done on that Sunday from WEWS reporter Dawn Meadows. Participants along the route in Lakewood serenade Meadows with the Hands Across America song.

I’ve included a local Hands Across America wedding, although there we no notes at to whom was wed or where it occurred.

Finally, I’ve attached aerial footage shot by yours truly that day.

Although there were breaks in the human chain in sparsely populated sections of the country, the event was considered a success.

An internet search of the event showed it raised $34 million and somewhere in the neighborhood of six million people participated.

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