Friday (June 1) marks National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the first day of this year's Wear Orange Weekend. People across the country wear orange in support of gun violence prevention and in commemoration of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013, one week after performing at former President Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade.
Celebrities have shown their support for Wear Orange Weekend since its inception in 2015. Pendleton’s friends chose June because it was her birth month, and they picked the color orange to symbolize hunters’ means of protection. Kim Kardashian blogged on her site about the importance of working with Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement dedicated to ending gun violence by working with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and survivors of gun violence.