Oprah Winfrey pays tribute to Breonna Taylor with September magazine cover | Breonna Taylor
A portrait of Breonna Taylorthe 26-year-old black emergency medical technician shot by police in her own home earlier this year will appear on the cover of the latest issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
It’s the first time in the magazine’s 20-year history that the cover won’t feature the magazine’s namesake: Oprah Winfrey.
The cover for the The September issue was unveiled on Thursday, and hits newsstands August 11.
“If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it,” Winfrey said in a quote that also appears on the cover.
Taylor, who lived in Louisville, Kentucky, was fatally shot by police in March after officers broke into her home while executing a search warrant. In the months since his death, protests across the country have called for the officers to be arrested.
“We cannot remain silent. We must use any megaphone to demand justice. And that’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O Magazine,” the TV and digital media mogul wrote of her decision on Twitter and instagram Thursday.
The cover, created by a 24-year-old self-taught digital artist Alexis Franklin, features a photo of Taylor that she had taken of herself. He had also been featured in reports on protests demanding justice for Taylor’s family.
“She was like me. She was like you,” Oprah said in a statement as part of her Column What I know for sure. “And I feel a personal connection. Because I am those women. These women are me.
The September issue tackles institutional and systemic racism, educating white readers on how to “dismantle the status quo” in a section titled Hard White Truths. Each page will highlight Black-owned businesses and anti-racism organizations as well as tips and resources for white people who want to be anti-racism allies.
September cover news comes after a spokesperson for the publication confirmed to People earlier this week it plans to evolve to become “digital-centric”, belying reports that it will cease its print edition by the end of the year.
On March 13, Taylor was sleeping when police broke down the door while executing a warrant in a drug investigation. Her boyfriend, mistaking the officers for intruders, fired his gun. Police then returned fire, beating Taylor at least eight times.
So far, only one of the officers has been fired for misconduct, the other two placed in administrative transfer. None have been arrested or charged in Taylor’s death.