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http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/02/us/feat-wearing-orange-gun-violence/index.html

(CNN)Orange draws attention, whether it is up close or from a distance. That's why the Wear Orange campaign chose the color to raise recognition for the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day today.

The campaign encourages people to post photos on social media and explain why they support the cause, using the hashtag #WearingOrange.

The 2013 death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was mistakenly shot by gang members in a Chicago park, is behind the movement.

Project Orange Tree, an organization started by Pendleton's friends after a youth panel discussion about her death, asked people to wear orange on Tuesday, which would have been Pendleton's 18th birthday.

"After we lost Hadiya, there were a lot of emotions going on," said Nza-Ari Khepra, who served as a founding member and president of the organization. "The conversation motivated students and community members to get involved."


“Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated.” – Coretta Scott King

"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence; does more than represent the limits of knowledge; it limits knowledge." -Toni Morrison

He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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