Everyone is talking about Oprah's moving speech at Sunday's Golden Globes! Last night, she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement, which led to a standing ovation from the audience. During her speech, she recognized Recy Taylor, a woman who fought for justice in the Jim Crow era. Taylor recently died (Dec. 29) at the age of 97.
An excerpt of Oprah's acceptance speech reads:
"...And there's someone else, Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know, too. In 1944, Recy Taylor was a young wife and mother walking home from a church service she'd attended in Abbeville, Alabama, when she was abducted by six armed white men, raped, and left blindfolded by the side of the road coming home from church.
They threatened to kill her if she ever told anyone, but her story was reported to the NAACP where a young worker by the name of Rosa Parks became the lead investigator on her case and together they sought justice. But justice wasn't an option in the era of Jim Crow. The men who tried to destroy her were never persecuted. Recy Taylor died ten days ago, just shy of her 98th birthday.
She lived as we all have lived, too many years in a culture broken by brutally powerful men. For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up."