Oprah Winfrey took the lead for female empowerment at the Golden Globes when she delivered her presidential speech urging men and women to work together to ensure no one ever has to utter the words ‘Me Too’ again. Winfrey, who received a lengthy standing ovation as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes ceremony, said she was honored to be the first black woman to receive the accolade.
From The Washington Times
The OWN founder, former talk show host, actress, film and TV producer and humanitarian became the first black woman to be given the award, which was presented in Beverly Hills, California. She spoke about the feelings she had as a young girl watching Sidney Poitier win the best-actor Oscar in 1964 and likened the pride she felt watching Poitier, the first black man to win that trophy, to the impact she hoped she could have on young women today.
“His tie was white and of course his skin was black and I had never seen a black man being celebrated like that,” Winfrey said.
As her longtime partner Stedman Graham watched from the audience, she told the story of a black woman from Alabama named Recy Taylor, who died at the age of 97 on Dec. 28, 2017, and her fight for justice after her rape by six white men in 1944.
She expressed gratitude for Taylor and all the women who were silenced when they spoke out about powerful men, the women who worked in factories, farms, as domestic workers and in academia, whose names will never be known.
“For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared to speak their truth to the power of those men,” Winfrey said.