June 2nd is National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and the National Civil Rights Museum, Christian Brothers University and Tiger Lane will glow Orange in solidarity. You can #WearOrange and stand with millions of people across the United States to show your support to stop gun violence. In Memphis, Moms Demand Action, a nonprofit that promotes gun safety in the US, encourages Memphians to stand united to show that they believe we must do more to stop gun violence.
- When: Thursday June 2
- Where: Loflin Yard, 7 W Carolina Ave.
- Time: 5 – 7 pm
National Gun Violence Awareness Day originated from Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire. June 2, 2015 would have been her 18th birthday, and Moms Demand Action established National Gun Violence Awareness Day to honor her life and the lives of the 90 Americans that are killed every day by gun violence.
The Origin of #WearOrange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton who decided to honor her life by wearing orange, the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.
The year 2016 is a crucial turning point because according to Moms Demand Action, for the first time in more than 60 years deaths from guns will be greater than deaths by cars.