O-Mazing! Oprah Winfrey gets her own exhibit at National Museum of African American History and Culture

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Media mogul and icon, Oprah Winfrey, is being honored with an exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture, opens Friday and runs through June 2019. The exhibit, making the 64-year-old an official part of American history, will feature “video clips, interview segments, movie costumes and personal photographs and journals to explore what has influenced Winfrey and how her work has shaped America,” according to The Washington Post.

As an African American woman who founded her own media company and became watched by millions of viewers around the world, Winfrey harnessed the power of the media to break down barriers, empower herself, and inspire others.

The exhibit will consider the story and impact of Winfrey in her many roles: as host of a world-famous television talk show; as an actress, film producer, and media mogul; as a philanthropist and educator; and as a daughter of the civil rights generation whose phenomenal story of success illuminates the struggles and achievements of African American women throughout history.

Museum visitors will come to better understand how Winfrey and The Oprah Winfrey Show both reflected and influenced changes in American society, especially in regards to issues of race, gender, and the mass media.

The exhibition will feature original artifacts from Harpo Studios in Chicago, home of The Oprah Winfrey Show for over two decades, along with other items from the personal collection of Winfrey.

Photographs and video will provide additional context and illuminate key topics and themes.

The exhibition content is organized into three primary sections, "America Shapes Oprah," "The Oprah Winfrey Show, " and "Oprah Shapes America."