ABC Lines Up Oprah's 'Legends'
Sweeps special will feature interviews, highlights of 2005 event
The hour-long special, appropriately titled "Oprah Winfrey's Legends Ball," will feature footage from the 2005 event that brought together 25 African-American women for a three-day celebration of their lives and work. Among the honorees were Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, Coretta Scot King, Aretha Franklin, Toni Morrison and Ruby Dee.
"These women, who have been meaningful to so many of us over the years, are legends who have been magnificent in their pioneering and advancing of African-American women," Winfrey says. "It is because of their steps that our journey has no boundaries."
The special is scheduled to air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, May 15, leading into the two-hour season finale of "Grey's Anatomy." It will feature interviews with some of the honorees and others who attended the ball, along with footage from the events of the weekend: a lunch for the honorees, a formal, white-tie ball and a gospel brunch that featured the likes of Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight.
In addition to the honorees, among those in attendance at the weekend's events were Halle Berry, Sidney Poitier, Angela Bassett, Tom Cruise, Barbra Streisand, Sen. Barack Obama, Maria Shriver and Quincy Jones.