#Oprah is getting her own exhibit at the National Museum of African American History, y’all! The exhibit called “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” will reportedly pay homage to her career in journalism, film, and business and “will feature vintage video clips, interview segments, movie costumes, and personal photos and journals, chronicling her influence across all mediums,” according to @WashingtonPost.
“What’s interesting is the same way America thought about Walter Cronkite — you could trust Walter Cronkite and his opinion — they trust Oprah,” museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III said in a statement. “An African American woman becomes the person America turns to… We made sure there was a bright line, that this was done by the museum and museum scholars.”
Speaking of the exhibit, co-curator Kathleen Kendrick added, “We’re providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes.”
She continued, “In terms of content and narrative and the way the story is told, it’s the museum’s product. The way we approached it was the way we approach all of our exhibitions.”
Fun fact: Oprah has donated $21 million to the museum, making her its largest individual benefactor!
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