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Oprah's Rousing Speech

At the Golden Globes, Oprah did what Oprah does: get a crowd going. Her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille award echoed themes from the night, celebrating Rosa Parks and the #MeToo movement.

Seth Meyer's show opening included a bit about Oprah running for president, and her speech did sound a bit "presidential": "I want all the girls watching here and now to know that a new day is on the horizon!" If we judge by the standing ovation and social media reactions, she already has a following.

A Washington Post article goes beyond last night's reactions and quotes her partner saying, "It's up to the people. She would absolutely do it."

Discussion:

  • What were the main points of Oprah's speech, and how did she organize it?
  • Assess her delivery skills. What makes this a powerful speech?
  • How did Oprah demonstrate compassion in the speech? How effectively did she get her message across?