OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s month-long celebration in January, honoring civil rights legends who paved the way as we approach the 50th anniversary of the historic Selma to Montgomery marches, begins on New Year’s Day as Tamron Hall hosts “Race on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Tamron Hall,” on Thursday, January 1 at 10 pm ET/PT.
From Harpo Studios in Chicago, Hall will take a look back at the most historic moments on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that covered civil rights and race relations.
First up, in 1987, Oprah featured a Georgia county where no black person had lived in 72 years, which triggered a strong audience response.
Then, a year later, in 1988, an hour changed the course of the show forever, when Oprah interviewed self-proclaimed white supremacists.
Up next, in 1996, for the first time in nearly 40 years, 7 of the ‘Little Rock Nine’ heroes graced Oprah’s stage in a full circle moment, when some of the students who harassed them came forward.
And in 1998, an extraordinary moment unfolded, when the descendant of a slave owner came face-to-face with the relatives of the slaves his family owned.
Then, the O.J. Simpson trial verdict was broadcast live in studio, capturing audience members’ very different reactions in real time.
Plus, Oprah’s interview with the first black South African President, Nobel Peace Prize recipient, the late Nelson Mandela.
Finally, in 2011, a visibly moved Oprah welcomed 178 survivors, activists who rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States, participating in the Freedom Rides of 1961.
Here’s a brief preview: