A 2008 anti-gang PSA has surfaced featuring Hadiya Pendleton when she was in the 6th grade.
Titled “Think Smart,” the clip cautions young people against the pitfalls of involving themselves in gangs. Hadiya and a friend share statistics on gang violence.
In unison, the two young ladies warn of being caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
It’s a haunting, heartbreaking video:
As we previously reported, 15-year-old King College Prep student Hadiya Pendleton was gunned down yesterday in a park near the school.
Just a week ago, Pendelton had traveled to Washington DC and performed at President Obama’s inauguration with her school’s drill team.
In response to the escalating crisis of gun violence in Chicago, The Black Youth Project has launched a petition, asking that President Obama come to Chicago and deliver a major speech that addresses gun violence in Black and Latino communities.
We know that President Obama cannot solve the issue of gun violence alone.However, he can call the nation to consciousness about the need for a response to this crisis.