Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Oprah's Bridge to Now

Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball which aired the other night brought tears to more eyes than mine (see my May 24 column). Oprah honored 25 legends in the arts, entertainment and activism with a three day extravaganza, thanking them for opening the door of opportunity and allowing her to soar through.

The legends were equally appreciative of Oprah. I was in D.C. recently talking to Dorothy Height, president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women and she couldn't stop talking about Oprah's spirit. "So many people use what they have for themselves but she brings us all in," the 94-year-old Height said. "She calls us 'a bridge to now, but I think she's the bridge in bringing us all together."

Height was one of the ones to whom Oprah gave spectacular diamond teardrop earrings. The youngins got diamond hoops.

What Oprah did teaches us a thing or two continuing a legacy. And gratitude. It's just common courtesy to say "thank you," to folks who've helped you.