Oprah Winfrey will not rest until the officers who killed Breonna Taylor are arrested and charged.
Per TMZ on Friday, the former host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” purchased 26 billboards, one for every year of Taylor’s life, to honor the deceased EMT in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
Each of the billboards features a drawing of Taylor — done by Dallas-based artist Alexis Franklin — as well as the website of United Freedom, a social justice organization whose mission is to combat systemic and racial injustice.
The billboards also feature a quote from Winfrey herself, which states, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”
TMZ reports all 26 are expected to be completed by Monday.
Taylor’s illustration is also featured on the September 2020 cover of O, The Oprah Magazine, which marks the first time in the publication’s 20-year history that Winfrey did not appear on the front of the issue.
On March 13, white police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove entered Taylor’s residence on a no-knock search warrant in plainclothes and fatally shot her.
While Hankison was fired in June, all three have yet to be arrested and/or charged.
In her “What I Know for Sure” column published in conjunction with O’s September cover, Winfrey reveals she recently spoke with Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, about her grief.
“She was having a particularly bad day dealing with the loss and the grief of knowing that her daughter is gone forever. Those of you who’ve lost loved ones know that the pain comes in waves and that any little thing can trigger it. A song. A scent. A word. A thought. The day I called, Ms. Palmer was dealing with the emotion of it all,” Winfrey wrote.
“[Tamika] told me, “I can’t stop seeing her face. Her smile. It’s what I miss most about her. I still can’t grasp the concept of her being gone. It feels so surreal. I’m still waiting for her to come through the door.’”
“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,” Winfrey concluded. “I cry for justice in her name.”