Nyshia Taylor, YourBlackWorld.com
The second part of Oprah’s “Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular” event was filled with high-profile singers, actors, and journalists, but surprisingly they were not the stars of yesterdays show. There is no doubt that the spotlight moment of the show was when Oprah was honored by a group of scholars from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
Tyler Perry began the tribute by acknowledging how Oprah has helped thousands of young people throughout the country go to college, and amongst these students are more than 400 African American men from Morehouse College that she sent to school on scholarship. Perry then announced that some of the recipients of the scholarship came to participate in the farewell celebration. Following this, hundreds of recipients of the scholarship began to fill the stage and aisles of the United Center carrying electric candles. These candles symbolized the importance of allowing one man to complete his education and build a new life.
One of the 400 men who was blessed to receive the scholarship and appear on yesterday’s show was Parnell Minter, who is from my hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Watch the video describing his once in a lifetime experience.
The final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show, which has been on for 25 years, will air today.