The mother of slain Chicago teenager Hadiya Pendleton will be recognized this weekend for her efforts in the fight for gun control.
A local group will honor Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton with a "phenomenal woman award" as part of the Black Women's Expo taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place.
Cowley-Pendleton is among 13 women to be honored for their work in the community.
In the meantime, she and her husband, Nathaniel Pendleton, plan to meet with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg Thursday. Bloomberg's office said he will announce the percentage of teens carrying guns in New York is lower than other major cities and tout the city's strong gun laws.
Hadiya Pendleton, a student at King College Prep High, was shot earlier this year as she and a group of other teens sought cover from a rain storm in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park. Two men have been charged with her death.