#WearOrange: ‘Party for Peace’ Set for Today

Today marks what would’ve been the 19th birthday of slain Chicago teenager, Hadiya Pendleton. The teen was fatally wounded just a week after returning from President Barack Obama’s inauguration in January of 2013.

The death of the King College Prep honors student sparked national outrage, as another life was tragically cut short.

In honor of her life and legacy, Project Orange Tree will host a “Party for Peace” on Thursday, June, 2, 2016.

Project Orange Tree was started by friends of Hadiya. Last year, the group held its “Party for Peace,” and it led to an all-out movement. The Tribune reports that as a result of Project Orange Tree, a national campaign against gun violence was formed.

“We initially came together to share our feelings about losing someone that was really close to us, and that first event ended up being something totally beyond our imagination,” Project Orange Tree past president Nza-Ari Khepra, told the publication.

This year’s “Party for Peace” will take place in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood at the Harold Washington Playlot Park (South Hyde Park Blvd at E. 53rd St.). The event is from 2-4pm and will be hosted by Community Activist and Poet, Malcolm London.

For more information visit the group’s Facebook page.