Janelle Monáe, Chris Rock, Sanaa Lathan And More Honor Sandra Bland On Her 30th Birthday
The memory of Sandra Bland lives on. Chris Rock, Janelle Monae, Zendaya, Sanaa Lathan, and more are paying tribute to Bland in honor of what would’ve been her 30th birthday Tuesday (Feb. 7).
In 2015, Bland became part of a growing list of black women to die in police custody. The then 28 year old was found dead in a Waller County jail cell, two days after being pulled over by Texas State Trooper Brian T. Encinia for reportedly failing to use her turn signal upon changing lanes.
Her death was ruled a suicide.
Last March, the Texas Department of Public Safety announced that Encinia had been fired for his treatment of Bland during the traffic stop.
Six months after Encinia was fired, Bland’s family reached a $1.9 million wrongful death settlement with the Waller County Jail and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
See Twitter tributes to Bland below.
SAY HER NAME. #SANDRABLAND. SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN 30 today.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) February 7, 2017
She should be celebrating her birthday today Sandra Bland. Look it up. pic.twitter.com/Sbcu5LMAfu
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) February 8, 2017
— Zendaya (@Zendaya) February 8, 2017
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) February 7, 2017
— Sanaa Lathan (@justsanaa) February 7, 2017
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 7, 2017
Happy Birthday to Sandra Bland. She would have been 30 today. We will continue to say her name & fight to stop police brutality. pic.twitter.com/UzrJctYXyD
— nañi (@pettyblackgirI) February 7, 2017