Oprah Winfrey paid to erect dozens of billboards around Louisville, Kentucky, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.
Twenty-six billboards have been put up just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, and feature the same image Winfrey featured on a recent issue of her O Magazine. One billboard for every year of her life.
The boards demand that the police be involved in the killing of Taylor be arrested and charged and highlight a URL for the social justice organization website UntilFreedom.com.
“If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it,” Winfrey says in a quote.
Last month, Winfrey honored Taylor by giving up her cover for the first time.
“Breonna Taylor,” wrote Winfrey. “She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter.”
Taylor lost her life on March 13 when several Louisville police officers, executing a search warrant, used a battering ram to enter her apartment. The police fired into the apartment, shooting Taylor several times.
Her death has sparked protests across the country. None of the officers have been charged with the murder, and only one has been fired from the department.
“I think about Breonna Taylor often. She was the same age as the two daughter-girls from my school in South Africa who’ve been quarantining with Stedman and me since March. In all their conversations, I feel the promise of possibilities.
“Their whole lives shine with the light of hopefulness. That was taken away from Breonna in such a horrifying manner,” Winfrey continues.