Oprah Winfrey: Catalyst for Change
American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, has made an impact on the way women think, eat, study, shop, exercise, and lead. Oprah has used her power and wealth to change the lives of people around the world. Winfrey has helped children in South Africa and in the U.S. have a better education and home. Through her talk show, Oprah has also helped people open up about their past and share their opinions on personal and serious topics. Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29th, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah was a troubled child when she was younger. She was sexually abused by family friends. “She skipped school, dated many boys, and stole from her mother’s purse. She ran away from home more than once. (Katherine Krohn)”. At a young age, Oprah moved around many times to houses of other relatives. In addition to this already hard life, Oprah became pregnant at the age of fourteen. She hid her pregnancy from everyone, including her dad, by wearing baggy clothing. She went into early labor due to stress. Sadly, the newborn died two weeks later, before Oprah began high school. Oprah Winfrey is a catalyst for change because she founded Angel network and the Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and her own personal talk show that changed the world forever.
Starting out as spare change going into college scholarships, Oprah’s Angel Network has grown and helped kids find a better education and lifestyle. “Its best-known projects include funding rebuilding efforts of the Gulf coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina and building fifty-five rural schools in twelve countries (Huffington Post)”. The network also built around three-hundred homes which was part of their help to victims of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Not only does the network help areas around the world that have been it by disaster, but they also help children. Because of the network, children in more than...
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