Oprah Is Putting Up 26 Billboards in Louisville Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor
That's one for every year of Taylor's life.
For the first time in the magazine's history, O, The Oprah Magazine featured a cover that didn't showcase Oprah Winfrey. Instead, the September issue's cover star was Breonna Taylor. But Oprah isn't stopping there. According to NPR, she and her magazine commissioned 26 billboards featuring the same image of Taylor to be set up around Louisville, Kentucky, to honor each year of Taylor's life and to demand justice for her death.
"Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged," each billboard reads. They also share a website for the social justice organization UntilFreedom.com and a quote from Oprah, "If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it."
The billboards started to go up on Thursday and by Monday, all 26 should be completed.
In the magazine, Oprah told readers that she couldn't remain silent on the issue and urged her readers to take action.
"Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping," she wrote in the "What I Know for Sure" column in the September issue. "And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. 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."
On March 13, Taylor was killed by Louisville Metro Police when officers executing a "no-knock" warrant entered her apartment while she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping. According to his attorney, Walker, who believed that the officers were intruders, fired at them. The police shot back, hitting Taylor eight times and killing her. Louisville later banned the use of no-knock warrants after Taylor's death was met with protests over police brutality.