Marvin Mwangi Oprah Winfrey has made history by becoming the first black woman to receive the much-coveted Cecile B. de Mille Award in 2018. She joins the hall of fame of people that have won the award.
Such great names include Walt Disney, Steven Spielberg, Sidney Poitier (first black to receive the award), Jodie Forster, Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep who won the award last year before delivering one of the most touching speeches in history. This prestigious award has been around for the past 66 years. It was first won by Cecile B. de Mille who it is named after.
He was a famous director known for his great works like the much acclaimed �The Ten Commandments.’ He was 71 years old when he first won the award. The Cecile B. de Mille Award is usually given to someone who has made a significant impact on the entertainment industry.
It was a remarkable night for many, especially her fans as they watched Oprah Winfrey receive the award at the 2018 Golden Globes in Beverley Hills. Oprah was introduced by her co-star, Reese Witherspoon.
A brief clip show played showing her various achievements starting her successful talk shows and how she started her own network company to how she got into the film industry.
When she got to the stage, her speech started with how she was moved and inspired when she first saw the first black man, Sidney Poitier, receive the award. She recalled the celebrations that were there during that fateful day. Oprah said that a moment like that meant so much to a little girl like her which she will never forget.
Oprah took a moment to remember Recy Taylor who died a fortnight ago. She was a black woman who was abducted and gang-raped by six white men who took advantage of their dominant positions in society.
This heinous lewd act took place back in 1944 when Recy Taylor was walking home from a church service in Abbeville. After raping her, they left her blindfolded by the roadside after threatening to kill her if she ever reported them.
The men were never convicted. Regarding this terrible act, Oprah took it upon herself to make it clear that the time for such sex offenders is up! She pointed out that it is high time that women should speak for themselves and that their voice should be heard. She thanked all the women that came forward and shared their stories.
Oprah put much emphasis on �speaking one’s truth’ which she termed as the most powerful tool anyone will ever have. She thanked the Hollywood media press for their dedication in these hard times where the press is under siege, and their freedom is limited and oppressed by influential people. She encouraged them to continue with their hard work of reporting against corruption and injustice.
Oprah Winfrey also recognized the MeToo movement which acts as a voice for everyone, it is a movement of people of all colors and supports marginalized people from marginalized communities. Oprah concluded her speech at the Golden Globes by encouraging young girls that their time is now for it is a new day.