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Wear Orange is a national event. It originated on June 2, 2015 — what would have been Hadiya Pendleton’s 18th birthday — when teenagers in Chicago wanted to honor their friend, Hadiya, after she was shot and killed.
Today, Wear Orange honors Hadiya and the more than 120 people who are shot and killed every day in America, as well as the hundreds more who are wounded and countless others who witness acts of gun violence. Wear Orange brings together survivors, activists, and communities all over America to demand change.
Here are a few Kentucky gatherings that will honor survivors and those whose lives were stolen by gun violence.
Lexington: Saturday, June 3, 2:00 pm at Woodland Park, 601 East High St., near the gazebo. Speakers include Police Chief Weathers, Sheriff Witt, Devine Carama from One Lexington, Moms Demand Action leaders, and survivors of gun violence.
Louisville: Saturday, June 3, 1:30 pm at Chickasaw Park. Speakers include a family member of Tyler Gerth; Sherita Smith, the mother of 16 year-old Tyree Smith who was gunned down at the bus stop; District 3 Councilman Kumar Rashad; and District 1 Councilwoman Tammy Hawkins.
Frankfort: Thursday, June 1, 11:30 am on the Franklin County Courthouse steps, 222 St. Clair Street. Mayor Lane Wilkerson and Judge Executive Michael Mueller will sign a joint proclamation declaring Friday, June 2, as National Gun Violence Awareness Day in Frankfort and Franklin County.
To find a WEAR ORANGE location near you, text Orange to 644-33.
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