Oprah Winfrey Overcoming Obstacles

-Emily Bogdanski-1st Period


Oprah was born on January 29, 1954 on a small farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi.

Oprah's Obstacle

As a toddler Oprah lived with her grandmother because her mother, Vernita Lee was a single teenager. While Oprah lived with her she was beaten and abused by her grandmother and raped by male family members. Oprah was also denied a good education.

At the age of six Oprah went to live with her mother in Wisconsin. Her mother worked long hours as a maid, this caused Oprah to be neglected. Also she sexually abused by her mothers boyfriend. At the age of thirteen she ran away from home and decide to turn to drugs and misbehaving.

Oprah's Education

About a year later Oprah moved to Tennessee to live with her father. Her father made her education a high priority in her life. Oprah attended Nashville East High School where she took drama and public speaking classes. After Oprah attended a public speaking contest she received a full scholarship to Tenseness State University.

"Turn your wounds into wisdom" - Oprah Winfrey

Oprah's Career

Oprah started of doing small broadcasting jobs but, in 1978 she took the job to be the talk show host of The People Are Talking. Oprah become very well know as her career started rising. She then became the host of A.M Chicago, and was later renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show after it became the highest rated talk show in Chicago.

Work Cited

"Lesson #2: Rise Above Your Obstacles by Oprah Winfrey." Lesson #2: Rise Above Your Obstacles by Oprah Winfrey. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.

"Overcoming Obstacles: What Oprah Winfrey Learned From Her Childhood of Abuse - K12 - Learning Liftoff - Free Parenting, Education, and Homeschooling Resources." K12 Learning Liftoff Free Parenting Education and Homeschooling Resources. 07 Jan. 2015. Web. 17 Mar. 2016.