Oprah Winfrey pays tribute to Breonna Taylor with O Magazine cover


BREONNA TAYLOR is featured on the cover of O, The Oprah magazine, making her the first woman other than Oprah Winfrey to grace the front of the publication in its 20-year history.

Oprah made the decision to use the cover to pay tribute to Taylor in order to support the campaign for justice.

In a statement Oprah said: “Breonna Taylor. 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. 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 O magazine. I cry for justice in her name…Breonna: This one’s for you.”

#BreonnaTaylor for our September cover. pic.twitter.com/yyulcONtgv

— O The Oprah Magazine (@oprahmagazine) July 30, 2020

The September issue, which features Taylor as illustrated by 24-year-old black artist Alexis Franklin, will hit stands on 11 August.

It is one of the final regular print editions of the magazine. It will be a digital-first publication from December 2020.

Franklin based the illustration on a selfie Taylor had taken.

“Looking at it, I see an innocence, simple but powerful. It was critical for me to retain that. And there was a sparkle in Breonna’s eyes—a young Black woman posing in her Louisville EMS shirt, happy to be alive,” she told O Magazine.

Tomorrow marks 140 days since Taylor was killed by police officers while she slept in her home.

The 26-year-old emergency medical technician was shot eight times on 13 March when police forced their way into her apartment using a “no knock warrant”.

The officers were carrying out a drug raid, although the main suspect had already been placed in custody by the time Taylor’s apartment was stormed.

Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, a licensed gun owner, believed the officers were intruders and shot at them. The police returned fire and Taylor was killed.

No drugs were found at Taylor’s home.

No police officers have been charged in connection with her death.