Road to Perseverance

by Andrea Lyonsford

Oprah Winfrey

First on January,1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi Oprah Winfrey was born, her parents where Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey.

Oprah came from a lower class family. Her mother gave birth to her as a single teen aged girl. She grow up with her Grandmother. She learned to read and wright before the age of 3. When she was just 9 years old she was raped by her cousin who was baby sitting her, and a family friend,her mother's boyfriend, and her uncle during her stay in Milwaukee. At the age of 13 she ran away from home because of all the abuse. Then at the age of 14 she gave birth to a son who died shortly after birth. Oprah took this sign as a second chance. After this point in her life things started to escalate.

Her mother then sent her to live with her father. Her father took education very seriously. Oprah attend Nashville East High school. While being part of a public speaking class she was able to meet with president Nixon, At her high school she was elected school president.

Next on Oprah entered a public speaking contest where the prize was a scholarship to Tennessee sate university. Where she majored in speech communications and performing arts.

Oprah was afford a job in Maryland Massachusetts as a reporter, she was not a very good reporter and was soon fired. Her boss set her up as a talk show host on a morning talk show called, People are talking. After doing it for 7 years she decided it was time to go.


1981 Oprah sent recorded tapes of the show to a talk-show in Chicago called A.M. Chicago. They immediately offered her the job and in September of 1985 she changed the name of the show to, "The Oprah Winfrey Show". The first broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show was on September 8,1986 it was broadcast nationally. The show appealed to people of all genders, ethnics, and ages. Oprah promoted many things on her show such as books, movie releases all of which people were eager to know what her opinions were of them. Oprah helped broaden not just woman's point of view and significance but Oprah helped to realize that every human has an importance in this world. From it's first broadcast The Oprah Winfrey show went on to receive multiple Day Time Emmy Awards and several other prestigious awards.

This shows how a lot of hard work can go a long way. Oprah Winfrey went from the bottom to the very top. Oprah Winfrey had a lot of perseverance


Oprah had the determination, ambition, and resolve to become one of the world’s most successful women. Her life is the definition of resilience. She triumphed in what she did.

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Oscar: A moment where he showed perseverance

Oscar was in united states illegally and wanted to become a citizen. One very good example is when Oscar mustered together the will and power and decided to deport himself. When he was back in mexico he went strait to the place where he could become a u.s citizen. At first they declined him because he was In the U.S illegally already. When they asked him about if he was in the U.S and not a citizen past the age he was supposed to be. Instead of lying he told the truth.

Although he was declined he did not give up. He was very combative in what he believed. When he went back the second time they said no again. Then one day it happen, all his perseverance payed off and he was now able to become a U.S citizen.

Caines arcade

Caine was a 9 year old boy who loved arcades and games. One day Caine decided to make his own arcade out of cardboard boxes . Caine waited every weekend at his arcade. Even though no came right away he still waited. Caine would only where his shirt on weekends because he thought kids might make fun of him. Cane didn't falter , he adhered through it . One day someone came looking for a door knob /handle. Instead he saw the arcade and asked about the fun pass and how much it was. Caine said it was only 2 dollars.So they stranger bought a fun pass. Caine had his own way of making sure it was a fun pass. The man that played at Caine's arcade then asked Caine's dad if he could make a video about Caine and his arcade.

The guy went online and posted about the arcade. All of a sudden there where people all around the world who wanted to go there. Soon word spread quickly and soon a event was held to help Caine get more customers, so a big group of people got together and maid signs for Caine's arcade. The news was there also, so when Caine and his dad pulled up there was a huge crowed that wanted to play at Caine's arcade. When the reporter asked Caine if he knew about this Caine said no.

In the end Caine got what he wanted he had a strong conviction to do what he wanted.

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work cited

Davis, Joshua. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You Paperback – June 1, 1998." Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just Like You: Cynthia Kersey: 0760789980268: Amazon.com: Books. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.