From Struggle To Success: Black Women Who Learned To Soar

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OPRAH WINFREY

We all know where billionaire Oprah Winfrey is today, but many forget the journey she took to reach her apex. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage mother. Winfrey was sexually molested starting at age nine by a cousin, her uncle, and a family friend. She gave birth to a son at age 14, who died during infancy. While growing up with her maternal grandmother, Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks and was made fun of for being poor and unattractive. Until being sent to live with her father, Vernon, in Nashville, Winfrey was on a collision course with failure and heartache. The first step on the path to her future success came when Winfrey was hired as both the youngest and the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV.

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