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Breonna Taylor to grace cover of Oprah Magazine s September issue

Breonna Taylor to grace cover of Oprah Magazine s September issue
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TORONTO -- For the first time in 20 years, someone other than Oprah Winfrey herself will grace the cover of the media moguls namesake magazine. The September issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, will honour Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical worker who was fatally shot by Louisville police back in March.

Taylors name became a rallying cry for anti-racism protesters seeking justice after police executed a search warrant into her apartment as part of a narcotics investigation. According to The Louisville Courier Journal , officers fired 20 bullets into Taylors apartment, striking her multiple times.

A subsequent search found no drugs inside the apartment and the use of deadly force in this situation has been called into question by citizens and lawmakers. Taylors family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department, as the public continues to demand police accountability.

She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans, Winfrey said in an Instagram post announcing the new cover.

Jul 30, 2020 at 5:32am PDT

The upcoming September issue is special not only because it is the first without Winfrey on the cover, its also one of the very last covers, as the magazine will end regular print editions in December.

An announcement declaring the was made earlier this week. Winfrey launched the magazine with Hearst in 2000 and continues working today as the companys editorial director.

The image that appears on the September cover of Taylor posing in her Louisville EMS shirt was created by self-trained 24-year-old artist, Alexis Franklin. I am so happy to play a small part in the long-overdue, world-changing narrative on racial injustice and police brutality, Franklin told O , in response to the covers praise.
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