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Oprah and the Carolinas

Over the years, Winfrey has made several notable connections with our area:

During the "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular" Part 1 show broadcast on Monday, it was announced that Target - in the talk show host's honor - is giving 32 school libraries nationwide a makeover. One of them is Albemarle Road Elementary in Charlotte.

This month, ex-Klansman Elwin Wilson of Rock Hill appeared on "The Oprah Show" to talk about his apology for beating a black civil rights protester in the Rock Hill Greyhound bus station almost 50 years ago.

In May 2009, Winfrey interviewed John and Elizabeth Edwards. In April 2010, she interviewed Rielle Hunter at Hunter's home in Charlotte about her secret affair with the former presidential hopeful.

At Duke University's commencement in 2009, Winfrey told the 4,400 graduates that "one of the best ways to enhance your own life is to enhance somebody else's" and to "stand proudly in your own shoes while you help others stand in theirs."

A 2006 episode centered around Winfrey's prison interview with former Charlotte bank executive David Crespi, convicted of murdering two of his daughters.

In 1987, before speaking at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Urban League Equal Opportunity Day dinner (and two years after filming "The Color Purple" in North Carolina), Winfrey told reporters: "North Carolina is undoubtedly one of the prettiest states. On the way to the movie set every day, I'd have my George Winston tapes on, just taking it in. My experience in this state was one of complete and total harmony. It was the first time in my life I ever felt such complete, total harmony."

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