Transcript for Oprah Winfrey Awarded Medal of Freedom
For -- G Winfrey is a global media icon. When she lost the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986. There were few women and even fewer women of color. With a national platform to discuss the issues and events shaping our times. But over the 25 years that followed. Oprah Winfrey's innate gift for tapping into our most fervent hopes and deepest fears drew millions of viewers across every background. Making her show the highest rated talk show in television history. All scoring Oprah Winfrey has used her influence to support underserved communities and to lift up the lives of young people especially young women. Around the world. In her story we are reminded that no dream can be deferred when we refuse to let life's obstacles keep us down.
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