Oprah Gail Winfrey
By: Kennedy Turner
"Learn from every mistake because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are."
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her parents are Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. She lived with her mother but then moved to Nashville to live with her father after being sexually abused by a number of relatives in Kosciusko. In 1971, she entered into Tennessee State University and began working in Television and radio Broadcasting.
Even though Oprah had been through a lot she was still determined to pursue her dreams. After all that she had been through living with her mother, she did not let any of that get in her way from being successful. In 1976 she hosted a Television Chat show called "People Are Talking". She has received many awards throughout the years like the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2013. Oprah has also been nominated for many other things like the Academy Award for best supporting actress from Steven Spielburg's 1985 film "The Color Purple." Oprah was always determined to be the best she could be in what she did and what she wanted to do.
Over the years, Oprah has done many things for charities and organizations. Her network raised $51,000,000 for charity. She also proposed a law creating a nationwide database of convicted child abusers. Oprah even opened an all girls school in South Africa that opened in January of 2007. Even with her busy work schedule, Oprah always had time to be a caring person and help people who were in need.
After all the things I have told you about Oprah we can all conclude that she is a very hardworking person. She is the richest African-American of the 20th century. She has hosted many of talk shows, had her own show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from 1986-2011, and even had her own network. Oprah has played a role in many movies and showed her loving and caring personality through her many parts she has played. Oprah Winfrey is one of the most inspirational people we hear about today and we all thank her for her work and all that she has done.