Oprah Campaigns For Stacey Abrams


If you thought Oprah Winfrey was in Georgia yesterday to test the waters for a possible run for office, think again. “I don’t want to run, okay?” she told a crowd in Marietta. “I’m here today because of Stacey Abrams.” Abrams is running for governor, and if she wins, she’ll be the very first Black woman in US history to hold the office. Oprah described Stacey as a leader who’ll serve the underserved population of her state. 

Speculation has run rampant that Mama O would seek a political office ever since she gave a powerful speech at the Golden Globes in January. But she’s dismissed the notion on every hand. She said that she’s a registered independent. “I don’t want any party and I don’t want any kind of partisan influence telling me what decisions I get to make for myself,” she explained. “I've earned the right to do what I want to do when I want to do it. I've earned the right to think for myself. And to vote for myself.” 

Winfrey encouraged Blacks and women to go to the polls “for anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote.” And for those who don’t exercise their right, she had harsh words – “You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering, and their dreams when you don’t vote.” The midterms are on Tuesday. 

Source: Chicago Tribune

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