By Lucas Johnson
NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) – TSU alumna and media mogul Oprah Winfrey was the talk of the 2018 Golden Globes after her acceptance speech Sunday for the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award.
TSU alumna Oprah Winfrey. While receiving the lifetime achievement designation was groundbreaking for Winfrey as the first African American female, it was her remarks that had a lasting impact.
Tennessee State University President Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover had these comments on Winfrey’s trailblazing achievement.
“On the behalf of Tennessee State University family, we congratulate Ms. Winfrey, a fellow alumnae of our university, on receiving this prestigious award from the film and television industry,” said TSU President Glover.
“Ms. Winfrey is the epitome of grace, brilliance and strength, and delivered passionate remarks for a monumental occasion. She continues to inspire people of all ages by speaking to the very conscious of our nation. There is no question that her words resonated with Americans and those around the world.”
The star-filled audience seemed to hang on Winfrey’s every word as she addressed racism, sexism and the need for solidarity that should transcend Hollywood into mainstream America. Many in attendance and viewers alike immediately took to social media saying that she should make a run for the presidency in 2020.
All believed that Winfrey’s hopeful message – “A new day is on the horizon” – was her campaign-rallying cry.
Winfrey has not commented on the presidential speculation after her speech, but when her best friend Gayle King brought up the idea recently on “CBS This Morning,” Winfrey shot it down: “There will be no running for office of any kind for me.”
Winfrey received a degree in Mass Communication from TSU and has provided scholarships for students at her alma mater.
Currently, Winfrey serves as the CEO of the cable channel OWN, a network she created, a “special correspondent” for the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” and an investor in companies like Weight Watchers.
Winfrey will appear in Ava DuVernay’s movie “A Wrinkle in Time” scheduled to be released in March.