Perseverance Presentation:
Oprah Winfrey

By: Oakley and Cassidy

Oprah Winfrey in present day.
  • Definition of Perseverance: Steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Facts About Oprah Winfrey

  • Oprah is a film actress, producer, philanthropist, talk show host and television producer.  She was born on January 29, 1954. She is now sixty years old. She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She later on moved to Milwaukee.
  • In 1986, Oprah Winfrey became the first black female host of a nationally syndicated daily talk show with the premiere of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  • In the year 2002, Oprah Winfrey was named the first recipient of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Bob Hope Humanitarian Award.
  • In 2003, Oprah Winfrey became the first black female billionaire in the United States.

Oprah when she was a young girl.

Obstacle 1:

When Oprah was only fourteen years old she had a baby boy. He died shortly after birth. Oprah was sent to live with her father shortly after discovering she was pregnant because of her wild behavior, and she kept the pregnancy a secret from all who knew her. She thought she was going to have to kill herself after her baby was born. She recalls how her father, unaware she was pregnant at the time, told her he would rather see her dead than have her shame the family with an illegitimate child. Winfrey admits that she tried to drink detergent during her pregnancy, although it is unclear whether she did this in an attempt to take her own life or whether it was an attempt to abort the unwanted baby.

Obstacle 2:

At 9 and living in Milwaukee, Oprah and her siblings were left with their cousin to watch them, who was 19 at the time. It was this cousin who sexually abused Oprah for the first time. She was raped, and then taken out for ice cream and told to keep it a secret,which she did. She was again abused by a family friend and an uncle a couple of years later, ongoing abuse that she kept silent.

Obstacle 3:

Winfrey had thoughts of suicide and came from a poor family. Her mother was an unmarried teenager. She had lived with her maternal grandmother for her first six years. Oprah's grandmother was also very poor, so Oprah usually had to wear very poor quality clothing. At age six, Oprah moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to live with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been. When she was thirteen, after suffering years of abuse, Winfrey ran away from home. When she was 14, she became pregnant with a baby boy.

Oprah's Biggest Accomplishment:

Oprah does not have a biggest accomplishment, because she has a countless number of major accomplishments. The following are only a few of her major accomplishments:

  • 2013-Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • 2012-Spelman College—National Community Service Award
  • 2007-The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity—2007 Humanitarian Award
  • 1998-TIME Magazine100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century

Oprah Winfrey has many other accomplishments and awards.

Oprah received an honorary Oscar at the Governors Awards in L.A.

Why we chose Oprah:

We chose Oprah because she is a very strong and successful woman. She had a tough childhood and has overcome it. She has made the best out of her life. Winfrey has shown strength and perseverance. Oprah didn't give up even when life was extremely hard for her. She shows women from all around the world how to be strong, patient, and to never give up even when you feel like you can't.


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