Oprah Winfrey delivered an emotional speech as she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes.
Here is an excerpt from Oprah Winfrey speech Via EW:
During her speech, Winfrey recalled watching Sidney Poitier win at the Golden Globes for 1964’s Lilies of the Field and how it was the first time she saw a black man celebrated on television.
“It’s not lost on me that at this moment, there are little girls watching as I become the first black woman to receive this award,” Winfrey said.
Oprah then acknowledged all the women who have spoken up about sexual abuse.
What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I’m especially proud and inspired by all the women who felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories.”
Winfrey then shared the story of Recy Taylor, who was gang raped by 6 white men in Alabama in 1944.
“Recy Taylor died 10 days ago. She lived too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. Women were not believed,” Winfrey said, before adding to the abusive men, “their time is up.”
Winfrey closed her speech with a call for unity: “I want all the girls watching to know 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 they are the leaders to take us to the time where nobody has to say ‘me too’ again.”
Also, check out Oprah’s backstage speech via Variety: