The media mogul shared some humorous + deeply personal wisdom with grads at Johnson C. Smith University. Including, stories about how she was inspired by the words + deeds of African-American greats like MLK Jr., Rev. Jesse Jackson & Maya Angelou. And, the unlikely way that she landed her breakout role in Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker's The Color Purple.
Oprah has offered unparalleled support to underprivileged girls who she wants to win. The founder of Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa has kept in touch with the "daughter-girls" who have passed through her school...which meant attending 3 college graduations in one weekend in May of 2016. Not only did she attend the commencement ceremony for 2 JCSU grads from the inaugural OWLAG class ~ Thando + Mpumi ~ she also served as their keynote speaker!