Oprah 's Influence On The African American Community Essay

1194 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 null Page
When you think of role models in the African American community, whom do you think of? Martin Luther King, (give another example or two) well another up and coming role model in the African American community is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29,1954, she grew up in a small town of Kosciusko, Mississippi. She is a very influential in many ways like hosting her own television show where she sees peoples’ problems and tries to help them out. Also she not only has her own show but she supports twenty –two charities and foundations. The ever-changing cultures also face many challenges; Oprah supports twenty-four causes and groups. (https://www.looktothestars.org/celebrity/oprah) Oprah had a rough childhood that shaped her into one of the most inspiring African Americans in the world with all the work she does through foundations and charity projects.

Oprah’s early life consisted of moving a lot from family member to family member. As a young child Oprah was beaten and raped as early as age nine. (http://www.angelfire.com/ne/lliegirls/WINFREY.html) She was repeatedly abused by family members and relatives as late as thirteen years old. Young Oprah became pregnant at the age of 14, but the baby was born prematurely and died shortly after. Oprah moved in with her father after her pregnancy miscarriage. Her father was a strict man and had Oprah under tight rules, these rules helped shape her into the woman she is today.Freshly graduated from high school…

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