Oprah: ‘I wanted to go when I was 9’
By Lynn Sweet Washington Bureau Chief August 28, 2013 9:22PM
Oprah Winfrey speaks at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was 50 years ago today when Martin Luther K
Updated: September 30, 2013 2:15PM
WASHINGTON — Oprah Winfrey told me on Wednesday that being a part of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington tribute “means the world to me.”
Winfrey spoke at the commemoration, held exactly 50 years to the the day the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
“Dr. King believed that our destinies are all intertwined, and he knew that our hopes and our dreams are really all the same. He challenged us to see how we all are more alike than we are different,” Winfrey said from those same steps.
Winfrey spoke before a bell ringing on the Lincoln Memorial steps.
“As the bells toll, we commit to a life of service because Dr. King, one of my favorite quotes from him is, “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service,” she said.
After the ceremonies were over, I caught up with Winfrey as she was making her way down the steps and asked her what commemoration meant to her.
“Historical. It’s historical. I wanted to go when I was 9. My mother couldn’t afford it. Being here, on the shoulders that I stood on to get here, and to celebrate this moment, means the world to me,” she told me. Lynn Sweet