On May 20, 2007, The Elise Wiesel
Foundation honored Oprah Winfrey
with its Humanitarian Award. The
award was for people who were
outstanding individuals, who use
there time to fight indifference.
Oprah was one of the many people
to get this award.
In 2003 Oprah became the first
African American to reach a
billionaire status. She has been an
influence in the world for a long
Oprah was born January 29th 1954.
Her full name was Oprah Gail Winfrey.
She grew up with three other siblings, Patricia
Lloyd, Patricia Lee, and Jeffery Lee.
Oprah was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi.
When Oprah was younger then three, she was a
great reader and writer.
Her grandma decided to enroll her in school at a
very young age.
She had to be ahead a few grades because of her
Oprah was raised by her grandmother who had a
Oprah's only friends were the farm animals that
were on her grandmothers farm.
Later her mom then decided that it would be best if
Oprah lived with her father.
When Oprah lived with her father he was very strict
and made education her number one priority.
Oprah attended Nashville East High School.
Oprah was also elected school president and met
with president Richard Nixon being apart of public
speaking classes in her high-school.
During the last year of high-school, Oprah was
rehearsing with her drama class when a local radio
station, WVOL spotted her and asked her if she
would like to read on radio. Oprah was then given a
job reading the news on the radio. Oprah soon
entered into a public speaking contest where the
grand prize was a scholarship to Tennessee State
University. Oprah won the contest and received a
scholarship to Tennessee State University where
she majored in Speech Communications and
Starting her Career
During her college education, Oprah
was offered a job as a co-anchor on the
CBS television station, she declined
several times before she was convinced
by her speech professor that it may be
the ultimate step to launch her career.
The Oprah Winfrey Show
In 1981, Oprah sent recorded tapes of the show to
a talk-show in Chicago called A.M. Chicago. They
immediately offered her the job and in September
of 1985, she changed the name of the show to,
"The Oprah Winfrey Show". The first broadcast of
The Oprah Winfrey Show was on September,8,1986
it broadcasted nationally
As Oprah’s wealth and influence have grown, so has her
compassion. In 2000, Oprah's Angel Network began
presenting a $100,000 "Use Your Life Award" to people
who helped improve the lives of others. According to the
Chicago Sun-Times, Oprah has donated more than $50
million to charity, including 50 local organizations such as
the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Children's Memorial
Hospital and the Chicago Academy of the Arts. After
selling off some of her clothes, Oprah donated a box full of
money—including a $1 million check—to Chicago’s
Providence St. Mel School.
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came Humanitarian Award
from the Academy
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Arts And Sciences.
Why Oprah is a Hero
Oprah started a foundation called "The Oprah
The foundation helped people with the inspiration,
empowerment, education and well-being of
women, children and families around the world.
Oprah has contributed millions of dollars towards
providing a better education for underserved
Why I picked Oprah
I picked Oprah because I think she is a great influence for
anyone. She shows how anyone can make a difference in the
world. She went from not really having everything to a
millionaire. I think it is amazing how she is helping people
because she knows how it feels because it was her at one
Everyone can learn a lot from
Oprah. She was one of the many
people in the world that made a
difference. She has helped many