Oprah’s O Magazine Posts 26 Billboards Outside Louisville, Kentucky, Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor

O, the Oprah Magazine, commissioned 26 billboards featuring the late Breonna Taylor. (Kyle Gordon / O, the Oprah Magazine)

Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine is quite literally taking its activism to the streets — posting 26 billboards across Louisville, Ky., demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old emergency medical technician who was killed in her apartment by police in March.

The billboards, one for each year of Taylor’s life, were erected in Taylor’s hometown on Aug. 6, the magazine said. They feature the magazine’s September cover image of Taylor with a call to action that reads: “Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged.”

It also includes a quote from Winfrey’s September issue essay that says: “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”

The signage appears all over Louisville, including downtown, South End and West End.

Last week, the magazine marked a milestone with its decision to put Taylor on its cover. It’s the first time someone other than Winfrey graced the glossy front in the magazine’s 20-year history. The portrait of Taylor was created by 24-year-old artist Alexis Franklin.

Taylor was killed just after midnight on March 13 when Louisville police, executing a search warrant, forced their way into her home. Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot at an officer’s leg. The police fired back with at least 20 bullets, striking Taylor eight times.

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SOURCE: LA Times, Nadine Saad