Nza-Ari Khepra


Nza-Ari Khepra is a student at Columbia University, majoring in Economics. During her junior year of high school, one of her friends, Hadiya Pendleton, lost her life to gun violence. In response to Hadiya’s death and Chicago’s growing violence, Nza-Ari and her close friends founded a youth-led violence awareness organization called Project Orange Tree. Project Orange Tree executed a structural violence awareness campaign that asked all participants to wear orange and fast from sun up to sun down. Nza-Ari and other members of the organization chose the color orange because that was the color hunters used to say that they do not want to be the target of gun violence. The campaign was recog…