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Transcript of Oprah Winfrey
Date of Birth: January 29th, 1954
Born in: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Age: 59 years old
Lives in: Chicago, Illinois and California
Current Job: OWN channel on TV (Oprah Winfrey Network)
Past Jobs: People are Talking, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Harpo Productions, The Women of Brewster Place, Oxygen Media, The Oprah Magazine, Oprah’s Book Club
Early Christian Life
Her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, played a crucial role in her early Christian life
Attended Buffalo United Methodist Church as a child on Sundays
Read different poems and verses in Church. This began her speaking career
“My favorite Bible verse—because I am Christian—is Acts 17:28. It says, ‘In God I live and move and have my being’,” Winfrey said. “And you want to know why I'm so successful? Because I knew that at 4 years-old … I wouldn't be who I am today without a spiritual consciousness, without spiritual values and ultimately without spiritual love.”
Opened in January of 2007, Oprah started a school just for girls in South Africa
As stated, “she wanted to provide the girls with a place that inspired them to dream beyond what their life had previously shown them, to let them experience what the world has to offer.”
The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
Oprah Winfrey Professes her Faith in Jesus Christ
Not only does Oprah embraces her faith as well as other faiths, she preaches to others about acceptance and tolerance.
Her integrity to share her opinion and change the world
How does Oprah Respond to God's Love?
"I have felt the presence of God my whole life. Even when I didn't have a name for it, I could feel the voice bigger than myself speaking to me, and all of us have that same voice. Be still and know it. You can acknowledge it or not. You can worship it or not. You can praise it, you can ignore it or you can know it. Know it. It's always there speaking to you and waiting for you to hear it in every move, in every decision. I wait and I listen. I'm still—I wait and listen for the guidance that's greater than my meager mind."
"The only time I've ever made mistakes is when I didn't listen. So what I know is, God is love and God is life, and your life is always speaking to you. First in whispers. ... It's subtle, those whispers. And if you don't pay attention to the whispers, it gets louder and louder. It's like getting thumped upside the head, like my grandmother used to do. ... You don't pay attention to that, it's like getting a brick upside your head. You don't pay attention to that, the whole brick wall falls down. That's the pattern I've seen in my life, and it's played out over and over again on this show."
Her strong spiritual beliefs
Oprah demonstrates good, moral virtues while going beyond what is expected of an average person
Did not let her past and background define her future self
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