By accepting her Cecil B. DeMille Award on Sunday night at the Golden Globes, 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, actor, 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.
"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 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."
Reminiscing the legacy of Recy Taylor, a black woman who was gang-raped by six men in 1944, Winfrey said, “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."
The audience responded to her speech with a standing ovation.