Gun Violence Awareness Campaign Wear Orange Honoring Hadiya Pendleton 10 Years After Kenwood Shooting Death
CHICAGO (WLS) — The death of a Chicago teen sparked a nationwide campaign.
Wear Orange is a campaign to raise awareness about gun violence. It is named after Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot and died just days after performing in President Barack Obama’s second inauguration procession.
It’s been ten years since Hadiya died. Several events are scheduled across the country this weekend to commemorate Hadiya’s birthday.
“Here in Chicago, we’re doing the Party4Peace,” Hadiya’s mother, Cleo Pendleton, explained. “There needs to be a place where people can come to enjoy things that aren’t regularly available.”
The event will memorialize Hadiya while also providing a safe haven for people. There will be information on various anti-violence resources available.
“Not everyone’s story is the same,” Cleo explained. “The more people who have been victims of gun violence speak up and speak to our young people about it from their perspective, the more we will see change.”
Cleo Pendleton will also attend a BUILD Friday event.