Oprah Winfrey Shares Maya Angelou's Advice in This Empowering Commencement Address

MAKER Oprah Winfrey, has inspired us yet again with her words to the 2016 graduates of Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) — a historically black research university in Charlotte, N.C.

On May 15, she delivered an inspirational commencement address referring to advice given to her by legendary American poet Maya Angelou.

"Your crown has been paid for, and your number one job is to put it on your head and wear it."

She noted in her address that one cannot do justice to the crown "unless you know who you are, where you come from, and the sacrifice — the true sacrifice — and hope and tears and struggle that went into making you who you are. Because you didn't do it alone."

Watch her full address below and view her exclusive MAKERS story in the video player above where she reveals how the books of Maya Angelou and Alice Walker influenced her as a child to value herself as a strong female. 

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