On Sunday, Oprah Winfrey gave a very moving speech as she received the Cecile B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes.
She mentioned Recy Tayloy, a woman who had not only just passed away recently, but one who survived the brutal rape and beating by six white men while walking home for church in 1944, back in the days of Jim Crow.
As she gracefully accepted the ceremony’ highest honor, Winfrey reflected on Taylor’s story in an effort to connect the current climate’s dealings with sexual assault among those who work in the media and film industry.
And Taylor’s great-granddaughter was home that evening when a friend messaged her to tune in.
“I was looking at Oprah’s Instagram. I was looking at her teasing Gayle about her ashy elbows!” Aisha Walker, 39, told NBCBLK.
She caught the tail end of Winfrey’s speech and the tears started to flow.
“And I just hope — I just hope that Recy Taylor died knowing that her truth, like the truth of so many other women who were tormented in those years, and even now tormented, goes marching on,” Winfrey said during her speech.
Taylor was just 24 at the time of the horrendous incident. Despite threats from the men who attacked her, she reported the incident to Alabama police, but her case never resulted in any charges. Taylor was 97 when she passed away last month.
In reference to Winfrey’s speech, Walker said she felt a wave of emotions.
“It was very emotional. I couldn’t stop crying,” she said.