Black History Month: February 2014

To recall and celebrate the positive contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week beginning on Feb. 12, 1926. In 1976, as part of the nation's bicentennial, the week was expanded into Black History Month.


As a television host, producer and philanthropist, Oprah is arguably the most influential woman in America. The media maven is also the first African-American woman to become a billionaire. In 2011, after 25 successful years on air, Oprah ended her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which is one of the highest rated programs of its kind in history. That same year, she launched her own TV network, The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Through her multimedia empire, Winfrey produces The Dr. Phil Show, The Rachel Ray Show, and The Dr. Oz Show. She publishes the best-selling O Magazine, and has her own satellite channel on XM Radio. Through her Angel Network, she founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and the Oprah Winfrey Foundation.


  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Born: 1/29/1954
  • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • Graduated from East Nashville High School in Nashville, in 1971, where she was voted "most popular."
  • Graduate of Tennessee State University, with degrees in speech communications and performing arts.
  • Oprah is the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show.
  • In 1986, she became the first African-American woman to own her own nationally syndicated show.
  • Her name was intended to be Orpah, but it was misspelled on her birth certificate.
  • She was instrumental in the passage of the Oprah Bill, in the early 1990s. President Clinton signed the bill, aimed at stopping child abuse, into law.
  • Raised in poverty, she received her first pair of shoes in 1959 at age 6. She learned to read at age 2, and when it was time for her to start kindergarten, she wrote a note to her teacher, insisting she belonged in the first grade. The teacher agreed.
  • In 2003, Oprah became the first black female billionaire in the U.S.
  • As of 2013, Oprah's net worth is $2.9 billion. That year she was named Forbes highest earning celebrity. 
  • In 2013, she generated Oscar buzz for her performance in Lee Daniels' The Butler.
  • She continues to support educational causes and has spent more than $100 million on the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
  •  In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.
  • Has been with her boyfriend Steadman for 28 years.

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  • "Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."
  • "My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with."
  • "Lots of people want to ride with you in the Limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the Limo breaks down."
  • "All my life I have always known I was born to greatness."
  • "The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be."
  • "Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism."
  • "What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction."
  • "When you're doing the work you're meant to do, it feels right and every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid."