Lead: During the 1980s the plight of famine-ravaged East Africa caught the attention of the world. Many entertainers banded together to raise funds for relief. The result: a single record and an album, “We Are the World.”

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The idea of an artists’ project supporting African famine relief originated with Harry Belafonte. Promoter Kenneth Kragen ran with the idea, set up a foundation to manage the project and began to assemble a sterling list of entertainers to participate in a musical production, the proceeds from which would go alleviate immediate hunger and build infrastructure and educational facilities in Africa and America. Forty-six artists signed up, including twenty-one soloists among them Michael Jackson, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Bob Dylan and Cyndi Lauper.

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