Oprah Winfrey Speaks To Girls Everywhere at Golden Globes
Oprah Winfrey’s speech, delivered after she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the Globes equivalent of a lifetime-achievement honor, that instantly established itself as the most memorable moment of the night.
After paying tribute to Recy Taylor, the late black activist who sought but never received justice after she was kidnapped, gang-raped, and beaten by a group of white men, Winfrey said:
“She lived as we all have lived: for too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men. But their time is up.”
Based on the angles captured by the cameras shooting the Golden Globes broadcast, almost everyone inside the Beverly Hilton ballroom stood up to applaud at that point. They did it again when she brought the speech to a rousing close worthy of a political-convention address.
“I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon,” she said. “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.”
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