Oprah Speaks to 2016 Graduating Class at Johnson C. Smith University

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has left her mark on the Queen City!

The Queen of talk and media mogul spoke today to the graduating class at Johnson C. Smith University.

“Run and tell the world that we were there as President Carter placed the hood around her graceful shoulders,” says one speaker.

Oprah Winfrey, a global media leader, talk show host, philanthropist, producer and actress can now add an honorary degree from Johnson C. Smith University to her her long list of accomplishments.

“At no point at my rise in my career did I ever think that anything that was happening was happening just because of me,” says Oprah.

And it’s been Oprah’s mission to help others that has brought her to JCSU.

“Very exciting of course she’s our mom, she has to be here haha,” says Thando Dioma.

Thando Dioma and Mpumi Nobiva were among the first to graduate from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Today as both girls graduate from JCSU they say Oprah has forever changed their lives.

“Apartheid and the effect it had on the education especially for young black women this is a monumental time right now,” says Dioma.

And it’s the fight for equality and success Oprah told this graduating class–they must continue.

“You cant pay the crown forward unless you know who you are where and where you come from, and the true sacrifice and hope and tears and struggle that went in to making you who you are!   “Your crown has been paid for and your number one job is to put it on your head and wear ,” says Oprah.