The National Civil Rights Museum in the United States has announced that it will award Oprah Winfrey with its top honor this winter.
The National Freedom Award is given to individuals who "influence the state of civil and human rights within the United States." Winfrey will receive the award for her work with children in Africa and for helping create a database of convicted child abusers in the U.S.A. Receipt of this honor places the talk show host in good company - among others, the Freedom Award has also been bestowed upon Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. An international award is also given by the museum and recipients have included Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Bono.