Oprah Winfrey made an impassioned and animated speech Thursday in support of Stacey Abrams who is fighting a toss-up race for the Georgia governor seat.
“I paid to come here myself, and I approved this message,” Winfrey told the crowd in Marietta, Georgia, explaining that she was a registered Independent but wanted to show her support for a candidate that aligns with her values. “I am here today because Stacey Abrams cares about the things that matter.”
The focus of her speech, however, wasn’t Abrams. Winfrey gave a rallying cry about the importance of voting and the dark history of suppressed voting rights people fought to end.
“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 right for the equality at the polls,” Winfrey cried. “And I want you to know that their blood has seeped into my DNA and I refuse to let their sacrifices be in vain.”
Winfrey told the crowd that anyone that chose not to vote is ignoring the challenges others had to face. “You are dishonoring your family,” Winfrey said. “You are disrespecting and disregarding their legacy.”
While campaigning for Stacey Abrams, Oprah calls out nonvoters, saying: "For anybody here who has an ancestor who didn't have the right to vote, and you are choosing not to vote… you are dishonoring your family." https://t.co/bu2BkTkkNt pic.twitter.com/cVUdG0jRSR
— CNN (@CNN) November 1, 2018
“The one place where we’re all equal — where is it?” Winfrey asked the crowd. “It’s at the polls.”
Winfrey is just one of the high-profile people that have endorsed Abrams in the final days before the midterm election. According to the Associated Press, former President Barack Obama is scheduled to campaign for Abrams Friday. Earlier this week, actor Will Ferrell was spotted campaigning for the Democratic candidate by going door to door.
The pressure is on Abrams to flip Georgia’s gubernatorial seat from red to blue and with her locked in a dead heat with Republican opponent Brian Kemp, she has a chance to do so.