On Friday, Breonna Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer honoured her daughter's memory on what would've been Breonna's birthday. On March 13, Breonna, a young Black woman, was fatally shot and killed by three Louisville officers who used a battering ram to break down the door of her apartment. Three months later, the officers involved have yet to be charged or arrested. Breonna would have been 27 years old on 5 June, 2020.
"People need to know that Breonna Taylor mattered and Breonna Taylor was great."
"Breonna was just full of life," Tamika said, in an interview with Good Morning America on June 5. "She loved life. She'd light up a room." Breonna's mother also shared that she worried her daughter, who was an EMT, will be forgotten. "In that brief moment, when people forgot about her for two months at a time, people need to know that Breonna Taylor mattered and Breonna Taylor was great," she said.
To ensure Breonna's life is not forgotten and that the officers involved in her killing are accountable, freelance writer Cate Young launched the #BirthdayForBreonna campaign. The initiative urges people to sign this petition seeking justice for Breonna's death, donate to the family's GoFundMe page, and send birthday cards to government officials to demand the officers involved be charged. Check out bit.ly/BirthdayForBreonna to learn more about what you can do to celebrate Breonna's life and urge action.