No doubt you’ve seen or heard Oprah Winfrey’s powerhouse speech to accept the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 75th Golden Globe ceremony on Sunday. No doubt it was delivered with confidence and passion.
But I have another question–did you return to read the speech?
Do yourself a favor. Read it. Note how she expertly joined concepts that would otherwise seem to be a jumbled, disjointed laundry list of subjects in lesser hands. In one speech–and, at about nine minutes, one relatively short speech–Winfrey covered lots of ground.
She shared a snapshot of her childhood, paid homage to Sidney Poitier, acknowledged the fact that she is the first African American woman to win the award, thanked the people who supported her, defended the essential role of the media, told the story Recy Taylor and Rosa Parks’ role to pursue justice for Ms. Taylor and declared #timesup, weaving seemingly disparate ideas into a tapestry of history, heartbreak–and hope.
It was a tall order. And Winfrey delivered.
Examine the passages more closely:
Today’s Monday Motivation is a quote from Jackie Robinson, a man who fought to desegregate American life–most notably, on the baseball diamond.
A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives. –Jackie Robinson
Robinson, of course, had quite an impact on many lives in our country, and beyond our shores. And we will be able to learn more about his impact in the new Ken Burns documentary, “Jackie Robinson.” It airs in two parts–tonight and tomorrow–on PBS. The President and First Lady also appear in the documentary.