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.
In years past, musicians and actors have posted on social media about wearing orange to stand in solidarity with National Gun Violence Awareness Day, including Lin Manuel-Miranda and Amy Schumer. Check out their tweets and Instagrams from 2015 through this year.
I’m #wearingorange for the 1st ever National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Join me! http://t.co/DuwCG7h8bL. pic.twitter.com/9OHlTjxq6E
— Jason Bateman (@batemanjason) June 2, 2015
Think,talk,write your lawmakers,vote & yes #WearOrange Effective #gunsafety is a must pic.twitter.com/Vo4DABPFKs
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 2, 2016
#WearOrange today for National Gun Violence Awareness pic.twitter.com/K8RjvYEqTP
— Brooke Shields (@BrookeShields) June 2, 2016
Hadiya Pendleton’s friends asked that we #wearorange after she was shot and killed at age 15. She would have been 20 today and this is truly the least we can do to honor her memory and the memories of all the lives we lose to senseless acts of gun violence. Wear orange as a reminder throughout the day -to yourselves and others- to use your voice to speak out against lax gun laws and to be of service to those who have been affected by these unimaginable losses. @everytown
#WearOrange today! Join in the fight to end gun violence. More details at https://t.co/XB7w0ABCWm pic.twitter.com/zjRI4BwcTg
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 2, 2017
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 2, 2017
On June 1, we ask you to join #NoRA and other leaders in the Gun Violence Prevention community and #WearOrange.https://t.co/T0EGttyFgi pic.twitter.com/oHYG0UB1ds
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 23, 2018