Last week we shared Taylor’s cover on the September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine — which will hit newsstands on Aug. 11 — Oprah Winfrey, 66, is also erecting dozens of billboards around Louisville, Kentucky, demanding justice for the young woman who was killed at the hands of police back in mid-March.
The billboards feature the same image of Taylor used for the Oprah-owned magazine cover and demand that the police involved in the killing of Taylor be arrested and charged.
The billboards also feature a URL for the social justice organization website UntilFreedom.com and a quote from Winfrey, saying, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”
Until Freedom announced that the billboards are going up around the city where Taylor lived and a total of 26 billboards will be put up, one for every year of her life.
The billboard installations began on Thursday and will be completed by Monday, according to local news station WLKY.
26 billboards – for every year of life of #BreonnaTaylor erected in Louisville, KY.
Kentucky will not forget her name. We will get justice for Breonna. pic.twitter.com/rOM2bhVdAy
— untilfreedom (@untilfreedom) August 6, 2020
Taylor was a young EMT who had been on the frontlines battling the coronavirus when she was killed on March 13 in her home by Louisville Metro Police.
Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were in their own apartment when police made a late-night raid executing a drug warrant.
Actually looking for an individual who lived in Taylor’s building but not her apartment, it was later revealed that the person had already been taken into police custody hours earlier.
Taylor was shot eight times during the incident and though one officer was fired months after, none of the officers involved have been arrested or charged.
Amid the Black Lives Matter movement happening around the globe, Louisville officials have since banned the use of no-knock warrants.
Until Freedom also announced in an Instagram post on Monday that the organization plans to relocate to Louisville to “organize day and night to get justice” for Taylor.
“We are not playing games. We don’t just talk. We organize. We are ready to sacrifice time with our families, our careers to stand by what we believe in,” they wrote.
Last month, Winfrey and her magazine revealed that she would not star on the cover for the first time in its 20-year publication, placing Taylor on the cover instead.
In her What I Know For Sure Column, Winfrey addressed the decision to honor Taylor’s memory, saying, “We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine.”
According to a press release, the upcoming issue will examine systemic racism in a section titled Hard White Truths, which will inform white readers “when they were most acutely aware of their white privilege — and what, in the wake of thunderous calls for justice, they are doing to dismantle the status quo.”
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Today would’ve been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday. But she’s not here to celebrate, because shortly after midnight on March 13, Louisville police entered her apartment unannounced—and, after a brief confrontation with her boyfriend, shot her eight times. The officers have not been fired or charged. Breonna was an award-winning EMT. Her mom says her daughter had plans to become a nurse, buy a house, and start a family. Now, she doesn’t even get to celebrate her birthday. In our fight to remind the world that Black Lives Matter, we need to remember those Black lives also include Black women. So on what would’ve been her 27th birthday today, let’s speak her name: Breonna Taylor.
To continue the fight for Breonna Taylor
Sign the Change.Org and Color of Change petitions to demand justice from Kentucky officials.
Call Kentucky’s attorney general, mayor, governor, and the public integrity unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department to demand the officers involved in Breonna’s death are fired and charged with her killing. Visit StandWithBre.com for guidance.
Donate to the Louisville community Bail Fund to aid protesters fighting in Breonna’s hometown.
Hashtag #SayHerName on social media—so no one forgets her: Breonna Taylor.
Read our latest post about Oprah’s cover here.