Wear Orange to Honor Victims of Gun Violence

Wear Orange to Honor Victims of Gun Violence

June is Gun Violence Awareness Month.

Published June 2, 2015

For the past several months, we've seen headline after headline of Black men and women who have died from gun violence in the United States.

To remember victims of shootings across America, June is commemorated as Gun Violence Awareness Month. Goals of the month include: promoting awareness of gun violence and gun safety; giving heightened attention to gun violence during summer months, when violence often increases; and discussing ways to make communities healthier.


On June 2, supporters are asked to wear orange to honor those who have been killed. The color orange was chosen because it represents the value of human life.

"Hunters wear orange to alert other hunters that they're there as a way to take care of their own life and the lives of others," the Gun Violence Awareness Month website states. "Now, we're turning orange into a symbol for the value of human life everywhere."

Recent reports have put a spotlight on the prevalence of gun violence in America. The Washington Post reports that nearly 400 people have died from police shootings so far in 2015. In May, Baltimore saw the most homicides in the city in 40 years with 43 fatal shootings.

In the past few months, several people have protested against violence in communities across America. Organizations such as Black Lives Matter, the New York City Justice League and others also continue to speak out against injustice.

Watch this interview below with Oresa Napper Williams, who started an organization to help the families of victims of gun violence in Brooklyn, N.Y.

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(Photo: Everytown for Gun Safety)

Written by BET-Staff


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