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Oprah Winfrey’s Winning Speech At The Golden Globes Awards Is Worth Your Attention

The Golden Globes has come and gone but
not without some beautiful moments.
TV personality legend and philanthrophist,
Oprah Winfrey became the first black
woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille
Lifetime Achievement Awards.
Oprah who was also clad in black to
support the protest against sexual
harassment and predators gave an
inspiring speech and this went on to
become the unofficial highlight of the
Read the speech below
In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the
linoleum floor of my mother’s house in
Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present
the Oscar for best actor at the 36th
Academy Awards. She opened the envelope
and said five words that literally made
history: “The winner is Sidney Poitier.” Up
to the stage came the most elegant man I
had ever seen. I remember his tie was
white, and of course his skin was black,
and I had never seen a black man being
celebrated like that. I tried many, many
times to explain what a moment like that
means to a little girl, a kid watching from
the cheap seats as my mom came through
the door bone tired from cleaning other
people’s houses. But all I can do is quote
and say that the explanation in Sidney’s
performance in “Lilies of the Field”:
“Amen, amen, amen, amen.”
In 1982, Sidney received the Cecil B.
DeMille award right here at the Golden
Globes and it is not lost on me that at this
moment, there are some little girls
watching as I become the first black
woman to be given this same award. It is
an honor — it is an honor and it is a
privilege to share the evening with all of
them and also with the incredible men and
women who have inspired me, who
challenged me, who sustained me and
made my journey to this stage possible.
Dennis Swanson who took a chance on me
for “A.M. Chicago.” Quincy Jones who saw
me on that show and said to Steven
Spielberg, “Yes, she is Sophia in ‘The Color
Purple.’” Gayle who has been the definition
of what a friend is, and Stedman who has
been my rock — just a few to name.
I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign
Press Association because we all know the
press is under siege these days. We also
know it’s the insatiable dedication to
uncovering the absolute truth that keeps
us from turning a blind eye to corruption
and to injustice. To — to tyrants and
victims, and secrets and lies. I want to say
that I value the press more than ever
before as we try to navigate these
complicated times, which brings me to
this: what I know for sure is that speaking
your truth is the most powerful tool we all
have. And I’m especially proud and
inspired by all the women who have felt
strong enough and empowered enough to
speak up and share their personal stories.
Each of us in this room are celebrated
because of the stories that we tell, and
this year we became the story.
But it’s not just a story affecting the
entertainment industry. It’s one that
transcends any culture, geography, race,
religion, politics, or workplace. So I want
tonight to express gratitude to all the
women who have endured years of abuse
and assault because they, like my mother,
had children to feed and bills to pay and
dreams to pursue. They’re the women
whose names we’ll never know. They are
domestic workers and farm workers. They
are working in factories and they work in
restaurants and they’re in academia,
engineering, medicine, and science. They’re
part of the world of tech and politics and
business. They’re our athletes in the
Olympics and they’re our soldiers in the
And there’s someone else, Recy Taylor, a
name I know and I think you should know,
too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young
wife and mother walking home from a
church service she’d attended in Abbeville,
Alabama, when she was abducted by six
armed white men, raped, and left
blindfolded by the side of the road coming
home from church. They threatened to kill
her if she ever told anyone, but her story
was reported to the NAACP where a young
worker by the name of Rosa Parks became
the lead investigator on her case and
together they sought justice. But justice
wasn’t an option in the era of Jim Crow.
The men who tried to destroy her were
never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten
days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday.
She lived as we all have lived, too many
years in a culture broken by brutally
powerful men. For too long, women have
not been heard or believed if they dare
speak the truth to the power of those men.
But their time is up. Their time is up.
Their time is up. And I just hope — I just
hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that
her truth, like the truth of so many other
women who were tormented in those years,
and even now tormented, goes marching
on. It was somewhere in Rosa Parks’ heart
almost 11 years later, when she made the
decision to stay seated on that bus in
Montgomery, and it’s here with every
woman who chooses to say, “Me too.” And
every man — every man who chooses to
In my career, what I’ve always tried my
best to do, whether on television or
through film, is to say something about
how men and women really behave. To say
how we experience shame, how we love
and how we rage, how we fail, how we
retreat, persevere and how we overcome.
I’ve interviewed and portrayed people
who’ve withstood some of the ugliest
things life can throw at you, but the one
quality all of them seem to share is an
ability to maintain hope for a brighter
morning, even during our darkest nights.
So I want all the girls watching here, now,
to know that a new day is on the horizon!
And when that new day finally dawns, it
will be because of a lot of magnificent
women, many of whom are right here in
this room tonight, and some pretty
phenomenal men, fighting hard to make
sure that they become the leaders who
take us to the time when nobody ever has
to say “Me too” again.
Watch the video here:
“I want all of the girls watching
here now to know, that a new day
is on the horizon.” @Oprah
accepts the 2018 Cecil B. de Mille
award. #GoldenGlobes
— Golden Globe Awards
(@goldenglobes) January 8, 2018.

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