Media titan Oprah Winfrey came through Georgia on Thursday to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams, who is seeking to become the nation’s first African American female governor.
Oprah told a packed audience at the Cobb Civic Center how Abrams reacted when she Oprah called her up after getting Abrams’ number from a friend:
“I called Stacey Abrams and I said ‘Stacey, this is Oprah.’ She said ‘Girl let me pull over onto the side of the road,'” Oprah told the crowd.
Oprah said it was Abrams’ determination and values that moved her to throw her considerable heft behind Abrams’ effort:
“You keep standing strong for the values that matter to me and the values that matter to Georgians all over this state,” Oprah told Abrams during the rally.
“Stacey Abram’s values are in alignment with the consciousness in which our democracy has been founded. The very foundation of our democracy is to think about other people, to live a live in service to others,” Oprah added.
Oprah implored everyone who has an ancestor who was denied the right to vote to get out and do so now:
“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,” Oprah added.
Early voting is underway, and Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th.