The WNBA’s season opener in New York included prominent banner ads reminding viewers that the public is still seeking justice for Breonna Taylor, the Black Louisville resident killed by police.
The players also walked off the court prior to the playing of the national anthem. The announcer noted that it was one of the actions that will continue throughout the season as part of their social justice initiative. Layshia Clarendon of the New York Liberty said prior to tipoff:
We are dedicating this season to Breonna Taylor, an outstanding EMT who was murdered over 130 days ago in her home. Breonna Taylor was dedicated and committed to uplifting everyone around her. We are aloso dedicating this season to The #SatHerName Campaign, a campaign committed to saying the names and fighting for justice for black women.
The #SatHerName Campaign is an initiative by the The African American Policy Forum:
We’re marking the fifth year of #SayHerName by building out a policy agenda focused on addressing intersectional state violence and its impact on Black women and femmes nationwide.
Now more than ever, your support is what allows us to sustain this work. We are so grateful for your partnership and solidarity in this struggle.
To learn more, visit the AAPF site.
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