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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Oprah Winfrey: "Their Time Is Up"

Oprah Winfrey, winner of the Cecil B. DeMille Award (7 January 2018)

In accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2018 Golden Globes ceremony, Oprah Winfrey related something of the story of Recy Taylor, a black woman kidapped and raped by six white men in 1944 in Alabama. 

Winfrey accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award,
7 January 2018
Her rapists were never arrested, and two grand juries refused to indict. Taylor died ten days ago, on 28 December 2017, just short of her ninety-eighth birthday.

About Taylor, Winfrey concluded,
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.
Their time is up.
Winfrey's comment might well applied to the virtually every woman I've written about in this blog. As Winfrey herself noted earlier in her speech, a story like Taylor's "transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace."   

Recy Talor, 2011
The documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor was released on 8 December 2017, three weeks before her  death.

For the full text of Winfrey's speech, click here.

Update: Oprah's speech has been posted on YouTube. To view it in its entirety, click here.