TV Mega-Personality Lands in the Smithsonian

Jun 8, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A new exhibition that opened Friday at the Smithsonian focuses on one of the biggest personalities of the contemporary television landscape, Oprah Winfrey.

The AP reports that “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” is a yearlong exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

The exhibition “chronicles the social events in the United States from Winfrey’s birth in 1954 through her childhood and her rise in media to her time as the nation’s first self-made black woman billionaire,” the story reports, adding: “Among the first objects that visitors see is a yellowed pennant from the 1963 March on Washington, and the diploma of Carlotta Walls, one of the nine black students who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957.”

Said exhibitions curator Kathleen Kendricks: “This exhibition is really an opportunity to explore the cultural impact of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show.’ This is a chance to really put Oprah in this broader context of African-American history and culture and unpack her popularity and significance.”

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