NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving is joining with Rep. Ayanna Pressley and others in a TV special seeking justice for the death of Breonna Taylor.
Irving, the former Celtics player who now plays for the Brooklyn Nets, is the producer behind “#SayHerName: Breonna Taylor,” a one-hour program examining the killing of the 26-year-old Black woman at the hands of police. It airs Wednesday at 7 p.m. on PlayersTV and will be available on the PlayersTV YouTube channel.
Louisville, Kentucky plainclothes officers entered Taylor’s home while she was sleeping and fatally shot the emergency medical technician eight times in March. They entered on a no-knock search warrant in a drug raid, but no drugs were found in the apartment.
“In a time when society is calling out police brutality, social injustices, and systemic racism, it is critical to magnify how these unjust behaviors and practices are directly impacting Black women,” Irving said in a press release. “I stand for Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, and the countless women whose names are never said but have shared the same unfortunate fate. I will continue to champion those who are working to enact change for and to empower Black, Native, Indigenous, Hispanic, and women of color. I am equally committed to creating platforms like the #SAYHERNAME: Breonna Taylor special, that provides support, solutions, and sustainable impact.”
The program will highlight calls to action like signing petitions, posting on social media, and calling Louisville and Kentucky leadership. Other guests on the program include rapper Common, journalist Jemele Hill, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza.
Taylor’s death was one in a series of high-profile killings of Black Americans by law enforcement that kicked off a roaring resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement nationwide since the end of May. One of the officers involved in the killing was fired in June, but no arrests have been made despite widespread public demand.
#SayHerName: I'm honored to stand alongside these incredible Black Women and my brother @KyrieIrving to demand justice for our dear sister Breonna Taylor. Join us for a special program tomorrow at 7 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/tKGTiXmxRj
— COMMON (@common) July 7, 2020