Abrams, who could become nation’s first African-American woman governor, is in a tight race against Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp. The GOP nominee has been under fire for using his secretary of state post to suppress the Black vote. The boost that Oprah brought could make all the difference.
The former talk show queen rolled up her sleeves and knocked on doors for Abrams, urging folks to show up at the polls on Tuesday afternoon. Take a look at this moment that was captured on video.
At the rally in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Oprah made an impassioned plea by asking attendees to honor their ancestors’ sacrifices.
“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,” she said to the crowd and national television audience.
In a light-hearted moment, the mega star underscored that she genuinely supports Abrams.
“I’m an independent woman. I’ve earned the right to do exactly what I want to do, when I want to do it,” she said. “Nobody paid for me to come here; nobody even asked me to come here. I paid for myself, and I approve this message!”
Here are some other memorable moments:
1. On Political Affiliation
"I am an independent woman," Oprah Winfrey says. "Nobody paid for me to come here. Nobody even asked for me to come here. I paid for myself and I approve this message." (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/mznVlNv0ln— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 1, 2018
2. Political Ambitions
"I want to make it very clear," Oprah Winfrey says while campaigning for Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.— ABC News (@ABC) November 1, 2018
"I don't want to run, okay? I'm not trying to test any waters. Don't want to go in those waters." https://t.co/an3bklUKLh pic.twitter.com/cyGqO4Kox4
3. Right To Vote
"Maya Angelou used to say, 'Baby, your crown has been paid for so put it on your head and wear it.'— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) November 1, 2018
THE RIGHT TO VOTE IS YOUR CROWN,” Oprah. pic.twitter.com/J13Bv7RJU7
4. Vote To Honor Ancesors
Oprah Winfrey says you are "dishonoring your family" and "disrespecting and disregarding their legacy" if you don't vote in Tuesday's elections. https://t.co/0g5zjn5X4F— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 1, 2018
5. Power Of Voting
6. Sisters Unite
Oprah Winfrey laments "all this noise" and "crazy talk" in politics ahead of the midterm elections and urges women to "unite as sisters" in voting.— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 1, 2018
"All the vitriol and the ads, you know what? They are designed to confuse and confound you with fear" https://t.co/7Z8DKAKQ9e pic.twitter.com/tkM397eezr
7. Black Girl Magic
8. Electrified Crowd
Audience here in Marietta GA for Oprah’s first town hall for @StaceyAbrams is overwhelmingly black women — *the* crucial voting block that can turn the election in Abrams’s favor. pic.twitter.com/1wQAr0rhtV— alexwagner (@alexwagner) November 1, 2018
9. Rep. John Lewis Dances
Iconic: Civil rights leader and living legend @repjohnlewis busts a move before @staceyabrams and @oprah take the stage in Dekalb!🕺🏾(we did the same dance after we voted early!) #TeamAbrams #gapol pic.twitter.com/89kvaw8a2m— Fair Fight (@fairfightaction) November 1, 2018
10. Vote Your Values
"Let me just talk to the women for a minute," Oprah Winfrey says while campaigning for Stacey Abrams, telling listeners to "stand united and vote our values. Vote your values. Vote you conscience." https://t.co/uhXHjlRQUw pic.twitter.com/YPbn7M4P5j— CNN (@CNN) November 1, 2018