>> Not many people accomplish enough to see themselves exhibited in a museum.>> The Oprah Winfrey Show and American culture, I love it.>> But the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opened a new exhibit this week dedicated to the media mogul. Museums often display rarities and Oprah Winfrey meets that criteria, a female, self-made, African-American billionaire.
And she welcomed the public Thursday invoking the words of abolitionist Sojourner Truth.>> Because her question, ain't I a woman, is at the heart of why the work to include African-American womens' voices in our historical and cultural narrative, and the telling and retelling of each and every story is so absolutely necessary if we wanna be serious about getting to the heart of the matter of gender equality and empowerment in this country.
>> From her earlier life and career.>> Not a strip of makeup Lord have mercy.>> Through 25 years hosting daily episodes of the Oprah WInfrey Show.>> 2561.>> The exhibit presents video clips, costumes and memorabilia from Winfrey's life. Museum director, Lonnie Bunch, said ahead of the opening, the collection is intended to reflect the complexities of contemporary American history.
>> Her story is a great lens to understand questions of gender, and power, and race in the media. So this gave us a way to do something that we thought would be important, but also would be something to engage the public. She gave me hope that I too can be on TV, a strong black woman like her, wow.
>> Presented alongside artifacts like Harriet Tubman's hymnal, a slave cabin, and Tuskegee airmen plane, the Oprah exhibit will run through June 2019.