Primetime Television Event "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved the Way" Airs This Sunday, January 18 at 9 PM ET/PT On OWN

Star-Studded Special Honors Civil Rights Legends Who Made History and Redefined What Was Possible For Us All

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 1/15/2015, 6:12 p.m.
Oprah Winfrey hosts a gala of events honoring some of the legendary men and extraordinary women of civil rights, the ...
Oprah Winfrey (center) with David Oyelowo (left of Winfrey) and Ava DuVernay (right of Winfrey) honor the legends of civil rights at the “Celebrating Selma & The Legends Who Paved The Way” gala on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, CA. (Seated L-R) Ambassador Andrew Young, Diane Nash, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Joseph Lowery, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Marian Wright Edelman and Rev. C.T. Vivian. (Standing L-R) Congressman John Lewis, Julian Bond, Sidney Poitier, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Quincy Jones, Dick Gregory, and Berry Gordy.  **Legends not pictured: Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. and Harry Belafonte  Courtesy of Harpo Studios, Inc.

Los Angeles – Oprah Winfrey hosts a gala of events honoring some of the legendary men and extraordinary women of civil rights, the arts and entertainment who made history and redefined what was possible for us all in the primetime television event “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved The Way”airing this Sunday, January 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

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Oprah Winfrey Presents Legends Who Paved the Way Airs January 18 Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own/Oprah-Winfrey-Presents-Legends-Who-Paved-the-Way

Oprah Winfrey hosts a gala of events honoring some of the legendary men and extraordinary women of the civil rights movement, the arts and entertainment who made history and redefined what was possible for us all. Honorees include Ambassador Andrew Young, Berry Gordy, Jr., Rev. C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. Tune in January 18 at 8/7c on OWN. Learn more about OWN's special monthlong celebration of the Civil Rights Movement Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own/Oprah-Winfrey-Presents-Legends-Who-Paved-the-Way-Airs-Jan-18-Video##ixzz3OwEX7N00

CLIP: Oprah's Legends Gospel Brunch: "I Was Just Overcome By It" (with embed code)

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OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS LEGENDS WHO PAVED THE WAY: Oprah's Legends Gospel Brunch: "I Was Just Overcome By It" Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-leg

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Oprah hosted an inspirational two-day event to honor the heroes who were on the front lines of the civil rights movement. The weekend began with a private screening of the film Selma, continued with a glamorous night of dinner and dancing and wrapped with an emotional gospel brunch. The brunch, in particular, struck a chord with Oprah. "I was just overcome by, 'Oh wow, this is it. This is what matters,'" she says. "I looked up and there is my neighbor, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia they're in the spirit. And over here is David Foster and Magic Johnson, who was obviously feeling very moved by it all, and it was just a beautiful sight to see." Watch Oprah Winfrey Presents Legends Who Paved the Way Sunday, January 18 at 8/7c. Learn more about OWN's special monthlong celebration of the Civil Rights Movement Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-legendswhopavedtheway/Oprahs-Legends-Gospel-Brunch-I-Was-Just-Overcome-By-It-Video##ixzz3OwEI3iPD

CLIP: Why Now Is the Time for Oprah to Honor Civil Rights Legends (with embed code)

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OPRAH WINFREY PRESENTS LEGENDS WHO PAVED THE WAY: Why Now Is the Time for Oprah to Honor Civil Rights Legends Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-le

In 2005, Oprah hosted a three-day celebration of legendary African American women like Maya Angelou, Coretta Scott King, Ruby Dee, Cicely Tyson and many more whose accomplishments helped pave the way for her. Now, almost a decade later, Oprah hosts a gala of events to honor some of the extraordinary men and women of civil rights, arts and entertainment. After working as one of the producers of the Oscar®-nominated film Selma, Oprah says it became clear to her that now was the time to pay tribute to these 14 legends. The weekend kicked off with a private screening of Selma, which was followed by a night of dinner and dancing. "This will be one of the few or last times you will have all of those people in the same room, connected in the same space for a gathering or celebration of themselves in this way," Oprah says. "I think several of the legends said to me during the weekend, 'How wonderful to be honored while we're still alive.' And I was really, really, really glad that I made the decision to do this, and to do it now and not wait." In the above video, watch Oprah's private portrait shoot with the 14 honorees. Watch Oprah Winfrey Presents Legends Who Paved the Way Sunday, January 18 at 8/7c. Learn more about OWN's special monthlong celebration of the Civil Rights Movement Read more: http://www.oprah.com/own-legendswhopavedtheway/Why-Now-Is-the-Time-for-Oprah-to-Honor-Civil-Rights-Legends-Video##ixzz3OwEp381y

CLIP: Oprah Shares a Poem Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement (with embed code):

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Oprah Shares a Poem Commemorating the Civil Rights Movement Read more: http://www.oprah.com/selma50/Oprah-Winfrey-Commemorates-the-Civil-Rights-Movem

From all over the country they came to march for change. Black and white, old and young, every creed and occupation, they came as one. Watch and listen as Oprah shares a poetic narration of the history of the civil rights marches from Selma, Alabama, to the state capitol in Montgomery. Learn more about OWN's special monthlong celebration of the Civil Rights Movement Read more: http://www.oprah.com/selma50/Oprah-Winfrey-Commemorates-the-Civil-Rights-Movement-With-a-Poem##ixzz3OwF3qX00

About “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Legends Who Paved The Way”

The weekend celebration began in Santa Barbara, CA with an exclusive screening of “Selma” at the historic Arlington Theatre followed by an elegant evening gala saluting the legends at the Bacara Resort & Spa. A special message from President Barack Obama began the evening, with a poem reading by the cast of “Selma,” written by Pearl Cleage, punctuating the expression of gratitude for the legends before the R&B group The O’Jays took the stage. The event continued the following day as Oprah hosted a private gospel brunch at her home in Santa Barbara, CA, filled with a special performance by gospel/R&B singer Bebe Winans, readings and songs performed by guests of the event, and brunch prepared by Chef Art Smith. “Selma,” produced by Paramount Pictures, Pathé and Harpo Films, opened nationwide January 9, 2015 and chronicles the 1965 Selma to Montgomery protest marches in Alabama led by a group of brave men and women in the fight for equal voting rights. Oprah Winfrey is a producer of the film and portrays civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper. Honoring the 50th anniversary in 2015, these marches ultimately led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the Civil Rights Movement that prohibits racial discrimination in voting. The legends that were honored include Ambassador Andrew Young, Berry Gordy, Jr., Rev. C.T. Vivian, Diane Nash, Dick Gregory, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Jones Abernathy, Julian Bond, Marian Wright Edelman, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Quincy Jones and Sidney Poitier. Attendees of the event honoring the legends included “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, actor David Oyelowo who portrays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film along with many “Selma” cast members including Common, Lorraine Toussaint, Carmen Ejogo, Niecy Nash and Tessa Thompson. Additional guests of the event included Al Roker & Deborah Roberts, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett, Ben Vereen, Rev. Bernice King, Bill Withers, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, David Foster, Deion Sanders & Tracey Edmonds, Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi, Gayle King, George Lucas & Mellody Hobson, Iyanla Vanzant, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Kevin & Erika Liles, Magic & Cookie Johnson, Maria Shriver, Martin Luther King, III, Phylicia Rashad, Rashida Jones, Robin Roberts, Roland Martin, Samuel L. Jackson, Shonda Rhimes, Smokey Robinson, Tyler Perry, Tamron Hall and Tasha Smith, among others.

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