Celebrities, Politicians Wear Orange for Gun Violence Awareness Day

Mark Hamill, Katie Couric, Alyssa Milano and more wear orange to support social media campaign

Last Updated: June 1, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Celebrities and politicians from Mark Hamill to Hillary Clinton donned orange on Friday to support Gun Violence Awareness Day.

Why orange? It’s the color that Hadiya Pendleton‘s friends wore after the 15-year-old was shot and killed in Chicago in 2013, just one week after performing at Barack Obama’s second inaugural parade. Since Pendleton’s death, orange has become the color of the gun violence prevention movement.

Gun Violence Awareness Day acts as the kick off to Wear Orange Weekend, which includes rallies, marches, and other events across the country.

On Friday, a number of celebrities tweeted and shared photos on Instagram to show their support and encouraged others to wear orange in support of gun violence prevention. In 2018, more than 5,000 people in the United States have died from gun violence, and there have been more than 100 mass shooting incidents, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

Here are some of the celebrities and politicians wearing orange Friday.

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