By accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award on Sunday night at the Golden Globes, media mogul Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to be awarded a Golden Globe for lifetime achievement.
In response to the accolade, the American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist delivered an impassioned speech in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. Her inspiring and stirring speech instantly became the highlight of the night and reverberated worldwide.
"At this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this award," Winfrey started addressing the youngsters. "I want all the girls watching to know: A new day is on the horizon. When that new day finally dawns, it will be because of the magnificent women and many of them are in this room tonight," she continues.
"Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have. I am especially proud of all of the women who have felt strong enough and empowered enough to speak up and share their personal stories. Each of us in this room are celebrated because of the stories we tell and this year, we became the story."
Reminiscing the legacy of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was gang-raped by six men in 1944, Winfrey said: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dared speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up."
“And I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years and even now tormented, goes marching on," she added.
At a point in her speech, she thanked all of the women who have endured "years of abuse and assault" saying that sexual harassment " transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics or work place."
“The Oprah Winfrey Show” host went on to ask the audience to do their part to make sure that one day, "No one has to say 'Me too' again" and the audience responded with a standing ovation.
Winfrey's message came at the ceremony of a show, which is notable for being the first major award show since Hollywood first began addressing rampant sexual harassment against women in the entertainment industry and beyond.