#OprahWinfrey has had such an impact on American culture the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is honoring her with her own exhibit.
“Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” will showcase numerous video clips, interviews, clothing, personal photos and journal entries from the 64-year-old talk show host-turned-philanthropist, according to the Washington Post.
“What’s interesting is the same way America thought about Walter Cronkite — you could trust Walter Cronkite and his opinion — they trust Oprah,” museum director Lonnie G. Bunch III told the outlet. “An African American woman becomes the person America turns to.”
The media queen’s exhibit will highlight all of Mama O’s achievements in television, film, philanthropy and more. There’s also an entire section dedicated to “The Oprah Winfrey Show” which became the highest-rated talk show and aired for 25 years. Museum curators Rhea L. Combs and Kathleen Kendrick collaborated on the exhibit and included keen details about the mogul’s life.
“We’re providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes.” They also her showcase her work with Civil Rights. “Civil rights, the women’s movement, the media, and television landscape, she’s at this distinct intersection of all of these dynamic moments,” Combs said. “She becomes someone at the forefront of dealing with ideas, of discussing hot-button topics like racism and sexual orientation.”
Winfrey is the museum’s largest single donor, and over the past several years has given the museum $21 million. But her dedication to her career and craft is what earned her the exhibit says Bunch. The museum opens Friday will run until June 2019.