Lots of people are speculating that Winfrey could have political aspirations following her inspiring speech at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards.
She’s delivered powerful oratories in Atlanta – where her OWN series “Greenleaf” films and where her HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” was shot.
“You’re nothing if you’re not the truth,” she said during her 2017 commencement address at Agnes Scott College. “I’ve made a living, I’ve made a life – I’ve made a fortune, really – all good! – from being true to myself. If I can leave you with any message today: The biggest reward is not financial benefits, though it’s really good, you can get a lot of great shoes! Those of you who have a lot of shoes know having a closet full of shoes doesn’t fill up your life. Living a life of substance can. Substance through your service.”
In November, she surprised Ron Clark Academy with a $5 million gift.
Clark caught her eye in the year 2000, when he was named the Disney American Teacher of the Year. He visited her daytime talk show a few years later, to promote his book “The Essential 55.”
With her powerful endorsement, the book became a best-seller. He used the resulting proceeds to fund the purchase of an old factory that became the Ron Clark Academy.
“I’ve never known another human being with such drive, such courage, such passion, in the face of everybody going.. what? You are a true guiding light for so many,” Winfrey said. “What I love about you, the reason I say yes every darn time, you are doing what you are meant to be doing. You didn’t just answer your call, you answered God’s call. Most people are deaf, they don’t hear it. Ron heard it and answered the call.”
The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.