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Oprah Winfrey: Powerful Advocate
Transcript of Oprah Winfrey: Powerful Advocate
Harpo Productions. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.oprah.com/pressroom/Oprah-Winfreys-Official-Biography. In 2008, Oprah hosted a show that looked into puppy mills. After this show, legislature was passed in Pennsylvania for ethical treatment of animals in the mills. Can one person really make a difference? She opened the Oprah Winfrey Academy for Girls in South Africa in 2007. In 1991, Oprah begins the National Child Protection
Act. She sets out to set up a national database of
convicted child abusers. In 1993, President Clinton signs this bill into a law.
Now called "The Oprah Bill." Powerful Advocate In 1998, Oprah is named one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influencial People of the 20th Century. In 1954, Oprah is born in Mississippi. At the same time that the case of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka ends segregation. This was not so in the south, especially Mississippi. At this time, childhood as a young African-American was sure to have it's challenges. 1996- Oprah's Book Club begins. Oprah's website is revised to include wellness topics
(mind, body, spirit) and advice (home, relationships). Oprah headed the ChristmasKindness South Africa
in 2002 which gave much needed gifts (food, clothing) to children from orphanages and rural schools. In 2003, because of the success of her book club, Oprah is given
the Association of American Publishers' Honors Award. This award
is given for promoting American publications. In 2005, Oprah hosts the Legends Ball. This celebrates
women who have made milestones in arts, entertainment,
and civil rights. 2006- Oprah announces her first essay contest on Elie Wiesel's book Night. 2009- The Dr. Oz show (devoted to health topics) is aired by
Harpo Productions. 2005- Launch of Oprah's Child Predator Watchlist.
Within 48 hours of this being launched, 2 alleged
child molesters are captured. The Dr. Phil show is aired by Harpo Productions in 2002.
Oprah is a key figure at Harpo Productions. This show
is aimed at overall wellness. Oprah tours a concentration camp with Wiesel. What difference can your life make? Oprah overcame a rough beginning to become one of the most well known
African-Americans in our society. She has done this through hard work and
giving to others. Will you be an advocate for something?