“Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture” will showcase numerous video clips, interviews, clothing, personal photos and journal entries from the 64-year-old talk show host-turned-philanthropist, according to the Washington Post.
“What’s interesting is the same way America thought about Walter Cronkite — you could trust Walter Cronkite and his opinion — they trust Oprah,” said the museum’s director, Lonnie G. Bunch III. “An African-American woman becomes the person American turns to.”
“We made sure there was a bright line, that this was done by the museum and museum scholars,” Bunch added. “The fundraising was not through Oprah’s people.”
The exhibit will explore her childhood in the ‘50s and ‘60s, her work on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for some 25 years, her philanthropic work and influential book club.
“We’re providing a context for understanding not only who she is, but how she became a global figure, and how she is connected to broader stories and themes,” explained Kathleen Kendrick, who worked with Winfrey’s team to get the items for the exhibition.
Winfrey is the museum’s largest benefactor, donating a whopping $21 million. The museum’s theater is also named for her.