Alicia Keys, Jada Pinkett Smith, Sia and Tracee Ellis Ross are among countless celebrities using their voices and platforms to raise the question “Do you know what happened to Breonna Taylor?” and to urge people to take action toward justice.
Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency medical technician, was in her Louisville, Ky., apartment on March 13 when Louisville Metro Police Department officers entered using a “no-knock” warrant and fatally shot the young woman. In the video shared on the social media pages of celebrities, Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, explains what took place and how the officers involved have yet to be held responsible.
“They fired 22 times; eight of those bullets landed in the body of the most essential worker I will ever know," Palmer says in the video. “Now the whole city is mad; now the whole world is mad. Breonna should not be dead. Some days, I feel like I can’t breathe without her. This should never happen to another family. I am Breonna Taylor’s mother. Say her name!”
The video also features Tamika Mallory, an activist behind the 2017 Women’s March who co-created the intersectional social justice organization Until Freedom, which is now spotlighting Taylor’s death, and national efforts to bring justice to the woman’s family. Mallory explains how everyone can do their part with four specific calls to action that Keys outlined on her Twitter account.
Keys, alongside Smith, Sia, Ross, Janelle Monáe, Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Rowland and others, have urged their followers to take these necessary actions, to continue to protest, donate and sign petitions. Most important, they have all reminded people to #SayHerName.
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