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    Graduation Day at the Academy | The First Graduating Class | Oprah Winfrey Network

    ladies and gentlemen the class of 2011 so there are many days during these past five years where I asked myself what were you thinking what were you thinking you could build a school eight thousand miles away but you could take girls from townships and rural areas and put them all under one roof with the expectation that you will not only succeed but you will excel what were you thinking I was thinking about this day I was thinking about this day with them walking in triumph across this stage in their white dresses I know that education is the door to freedom so I want to do…

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    Oprah on Taking Responsibility for Your Life | Oprah's Lifeclass | Oprah Winfrey Network

    okay we're here in life class again after last night knowing when you know better you do better we're ready to move on to what I think is another powerful lesson that I started to get when I was a really young girl having been raised by my grandmother and then it's six years old being separated for my grandmother being moved to Milwaukee and suddenly in a foreign environment for myself I remember walking into that new space and recognizing that in many ways I was alone which is a terrible feeling if you're six years old but I have always had the deep understanding for myself that if…