Stephen Oduntan, Staff
small crowd gathered outside the Laugh Factory Monday evening for a candlelight
vigil in memory of Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old black woman who was fatally
shot during a botched police raid in her apartment.
between chants and music, Shannon Morton, the founder of Black Women Lead and
the organizer of the vigil, took the megaphone, saying, ?Breonna Taylor is
important. She should be here. Breonna Taylor is me. She?s my cousin. She?s my
friend. She is everybody who I ever loved.?
a 25-year-old woman who would only give her first name, attended the vigil,
which took place at 7: 30 pm near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and
Crescent Heights in Hollywood.
visual for Breonna Taylor is super important because we?re honoring her spirit.
Her spirit is still with us. Black people are a people of spirit and rhythm so
that?s why we?re playing music. She?s still with us. Even though she didn?t get
justice, we?re still out here in her name. We?ll never stop being out here,? Ka
Coco Maurice, of Walk Good LA, also spoke to the crowd.
women,? she said. ?We are an endangered species and they?re killing us like
flies. Black women have always been at the forefront of every revolution, and
it?s time for everybody to stand at the forefront for us as well. That?s why
when it comes down to the polls come November, don?t just vote for yourself.
You are voting for Breonna Taylor. You are voting for Sandra Bland. Vote for
the Black woman Kamala Harris.?
blocked off the roadway, sitting in the middle of the road, and gave a moment
of silence in Taylor?s memory for about three minutes. Many sat with lit
candles beside them.
?In this quest for justice for
the slain, let?s not forget the mothers. Black women and Black mothers, we bear
so much of the pain. When I think about Breonna being shot in her bed, the
first thing I think about is her mother. Black mothers are at the forefront of
the healing process that not only America but also Black America has to deal
with,? said Angelina Spicer, a comedian-actress and self-described accidental
called on the attendees to turn grief into action.
been marching, we?ve been protesting, we?ve been gathering for months now, and
the fact that you all are here means so much to me because you realize without
our collective voices nothing will change,? she said.
the end of Spicer?s ten minutes speech, she thanked everyone for attending the
vigil and said, ?Black lives matter,? and the crowd called back a roar of ?Black
9: 30 p.m., it all seemed to be over. Participants reopened the street, traffic
returned to normal, and the crowd dispersed.