Oprah Winfrey is going a step further than having Breonna Taylor on the cover of her O Magazine for the September issue. The billionaire media mogul is also plastering the same image of Breonna used for the magazine cover on 26 billboards around Louisville, Kentucky for the 26 years Breonna was alive.
It made headlines when Oprah chose to feature Breonna on the cover of her magazine which marked the first time in the O Magazine’s history a person other than Oprah was on the cover.
In explaining why she chose to put Breonna on the cover of her magazine, Oprah writes: “What I know for sure: 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. I cry for justice in her name.”
Our team here at Oprah Magazine has placed 26 billboards—one for every year of Breonna Taylor’s life—around her hometown city of Louisville. We demand that the officers involved in her murder are arrested and charged. https://t.co/PrWzYozEHb #BreonnaTaylor
— Arianna Davis (@ariannagdavis) August 7, 2020
Breonna was a 26 year old EMT who was shot multiple times and killed by police forcing their way into her apartment back in March. They were executing a no-knock warrant on the wrong house. The police involved in the shooting have not faced any criminal charges.
The billboard asks people to “Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged.”
“It is my hope that if we continue to say her name, write her name, and let no one forget her life, the people who are responsible for killing her and those who remain complicit by doing nothing shall be brought to justice,” Oprah said.
Until Freedom, a social justice organization that is featured on the billboards, has moved to Louisville to advocate for justice in this case.
Breonna Taylor’s family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the three police officers involved in the shooting.