Can We #WearOrange Every Day in Chicago?

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It was founded in 2013 by teenagers on the South side of Chicago to honor the memory of Hadiya Pendleton.

Since then guns continue to take the lives of innocent victims in Chicago. 69 people were shot this past Memorial Day weekend. 8 of the shootings were fatal.

Yet we continue to hope. Participants are wearing orange all around the globe today, as a plea for people to put the guns down. On the tip of what’s looking like a violent summer, I wish we could wear orange every day in Chicago. But hopefully today sparks something in the minds of those who wish to do harm to others. *fingers crossed*

Are you wearing orange today? Tweet us a picture at @ChicagoUnheard.

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Tanikia Carpenter

Tanikia is a lifestyle writer & blogger from Chicago. Her work has been featured on the TLC network, ESSENCE, and Huff Post LIVE, just to name a few. Tanikia is a regular contributor to Black & Married With Kids and the columnist of JET Magazine's "Giving You the Gospel". She is also the author of "When God Said Yes" & "The 30 Day Man Fast".