Oprah – If You Don’t Vote, You’re Dishonoring Your Family!

Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, and Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Bottoms

Oprah Winfrey Delivers Powerful Speech, Encouraging People To Vote During Endorsement For Stacey Abrams – If You Don’t Vote, You’re Dishonoring Your Family!

Oprah Winfrey’s speech on Thursday at the town hall meeting for Stacey Abrams exhibited how she is a woman of many hats. The serial entrepreneur delivered a powerful speech for the Georgia Democratic candidate for Governor about why voting during this election is more important than ever. Throughout Winfrey’s speech, she discusses why possessing independence is important and also why our ancestors – who at one point were fighting for their right to vote – would be upset if  we didn’t hit the polls November 6th.

This is what I came to tell you, I am an independent woman. I have earned the right to do exactly what I want to do, when I want to do it. I have earned the right to think for myself, and to vote for myself, and that’s why I’m a registered independent.

She also revealed why she showed up to support Abrams with no expectation of compensation. Affirming she did it on her own accord,

Let me just say this, nobody paid for me to come here. Nobody even asked for me to come here. I paid for myself and I approve this message….I’m here today because of the men and because of the women who were lynched, who were humiliated, who were discriminated against, who were suppressed, who were repressed and oppressed, for the right for the equality at the polls. And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA, and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain. I refuse.

While also gave a quote from the late Maya Angelou, she added why it is important to honor our ancestors,

And when I stand in the polls, I do what Maya Angelou says, ‘I come as one, but I stand as 10,000!’ For all those who paved the way that we might have the right to vote. And for anybody here who has an ancestor who didn’t have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote – wherever you are, in this state, in this country – you are dishonoring your family. You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy, their suffering, and their dreams when you don’t vote.

Stacey Abrams, Oprah Winfrey, and Atlanta Mayor, Keisha Bottoms


Every single one of us – every single one of us – has the same power at the polls, and every single one of us has something that, if done in numbers too big to tamper with…cannot be suppressed and cannot be denied. We see injustices, big and small, all around us every single day of our lives. And I know it’s easy for a lot of people to feel that you have no power against those injustices, but this is what I’m here to tell you: This land was made for you and me.

If elected Governor, Abrams, who is a black woman, would be the first to take office in American history.

Authored by: Andre Palmer