“I don’t believe in coincidences in life but it just so happened coincidentally that I had been scheduled to do a story for 60 Minutes and that story had nothing to do with Recy Taylor,” said Oprah Winfrey.
People around the Wiregrass were excited as Oprah took a visit to Abbeville Tuesday, the place where civil rights icon Recy Taylor’s story began.
Oprah was in the area to do a story on the a peace and justice center being established in Montgomery and wanted to see Ms. Recy’s hometown.
“Because i was so close, i wanted to come and see Recy Taylor’s grave and to pay respects to Recy Taylor, ” said Oprah.
Ms. Recy passed December 28.
She was kidnaped and raped in 1944 by six white men, but her attackers were never punished for their crimes.
Her death sparked the conversation of women’s rights and justice in America.
“She is a god up there for women’s rights and for all the tings we want in the world today,” said friend Gwen Lynn.
During her Golden Globes speech, Oprah talked about Ms. Recy’s story.
“One of the reasons I wanted to use her as a part of my Golden Globes speech is because I wanted everyone to know that the me too movement didn’t just start now and women who have endured and women who have not only survived but thrived in the face of injustices for years and that her case is one that never found justice,” said Oprah.
She wasn’t expecting the attention her speech would bring.
“Who knew that that speech would go viral, that it would have the impact that it did but I think because of her story and the stories of so many women unnamed and voiceless who really connected and resinated with people around the world who heard it,” said Oprah.
Oprah says it’s important for the country to remember Ms. Recy’s story.
“Her story is our story. It is a part of the American stories and the fact that she never received justice I think that unless you are
a person that is willing, for those who are the voices haven’t had justice it means that yours is not actually really secure. So, that’s why I think it is important and that’s why the me too movement is so important,” said Oprah.
Aside from visiting Ms. Recy’s grave in Abbeville Oprah stayed at a Dothan hotel and even took a visit to The Depot downtown.
She flew out of the Dothan airport around 7 p.m. Tuesday evening.