95.5 The Lou (WFUN) & Hot 104.1 (WHHL) and Better Family Life will partner to promote a Wear Orange Day in a walk, Resource Fair and Day of Service on Saturday, June 8, 2019 starting at 10:00am. The walk will start at St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic Church located at 1118 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63106 and will conclude at The Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis (formerly known as Herbert Hoover) located at 2901 N. Grand Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110. Following the walk, a rally and a community resource fair will take place at The Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis until 2pm, In parallel with these events will be a Day of Service hosted by Moms Demand Action where St. Louisans will be encouraged to volunteer to clean up their parks, streets, and serve their neighbors. These events will be preceded by a community conversation on gun violence on Thursday, June 6th at 6PM hosted by Better Family Life at the Better Family Life Cultural Center at 5415 Page Avenue.
“Last year we were amazed by the amount of support this initiative brought and believe it or not, violence was down 9% but there is still a lot of work to do” says Radio One St. Louis Station Manager, Nate Dixon. Last year, over 2000 residents participated in activities revolving around these events. Radio One will be promoting #WearOrangeSTL through its various platforms including on-air and social media. According to the wearorange.org website, Orange is the color hunters use to protect themselves and others from harm, it is a bright bold color that demands to be seen, expresses our collective hope as a nation – a hope for a future free from gun violence.
June is National Gun Violence Awareness Month and was created in an effort to raise awareness surrounding the issue of senseless gun violence in communities across America. The focus of this effort is to lead a bipartisan charge to concentrate annual heightened attention to gun violence and gun safety.
“Radio One’s mission is to be the most trusted source within the African American Community that informs, entertains, and inspires. Saint Louis is a thriving city and one of the best places to live for many reasons-we have no choice but to help save lives and change this narrative,” says Christina Bailey, Lead of the Radio One Local Government Task Force.