Many celebrities have been using their platforms to fight for justice for Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by Louisville police on March 13. For Oprah Winfrey, she’s decided to use the cover of The Oprah Magazine to continue the fight, making it the first cover that Winfrey doesn’t make an appearance.
On July 30, Winfrey announced on an article via The Oprah Magazine that the September 2020 issue would feature the late Breonna Taylor, as an honor for the 26 years old and a fight for justice.
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Breonna Taylor. 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. I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. 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 @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.
Winfrey began the article with several different ways to help find justice for Taylor, which included signing the White House’s Color of Change petition, calling Louisville officials to demand justice, donate to the Community Bail Fund to help those that are protesting for Taylor and using the #SayHerName hashtag to keep her in remembrance.
In the article, Winfrey also expresses how she talked to Taylor’s mom Tamika Palmer, who is still grieving from the death of her daughter and finds herself hoping she’d still walk in the room.
“I can’t stop seeing her face,” Palmer told Winfrey in the article. “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.”
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Not long ago, @oprah spoke to Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer. She was having a particularly bad day dealing with the loss and the grief of knowing that her daughter is gone forever. She told Oprah, “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.” Tap the link in our bio for more. And like always: Justice for Breonna Taylor.
Winfrey later shared that she, herself, thinks about Taylor often and all the dreams, wishes, and opportunities she had yet to come across. Unfortunately, her life was taken too early. Winfrey expressed that this was why Taylor will be featured on the Sept. cover – to not be silent.
“What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice,” Oprah wrote. “And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name.”
The Oprah Magazine Sept. 2020 issue featuring Breonna Taylor can be found on stands Aug. 11.