Oprah's "The Call to Unite" Brings Out George W. Bush, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner & Others

May 4, 2020

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On Friday, May 1, Oprah Winfrey kicked off her 24-hour "The Call to Unite" event, according to TIME. The event kicked off with a performance by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The dancers performed individually to the song “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham.” Winfrey has been in quarantine with three other people for almost 50 days. “I have chosen to focus on so many acts of courage and valor, determination and people not giving up.” The rest of the event featured performances, conversations and appearances with celebrities ranging from former presidents Clinton and Bush, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Garner, Pastor T.D. Jakes, Eckhart Tolle, Josh Groban and others. Producer Tim Shriver hosted the event. Julia Roberts and Jennifer Garner read to kids, and Oprah and T.D. Jakes prayed together. “We have seen this before and survived,” Jakes said. “Just a 100 years ago, we went through something like this. And before that, the Bubonic plague. We are resilient. We will work our way out as we hold each other and love each other.” Former President George W. Bush said, “Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others to ease their anxiety and share their burdens." The event was played across YouTube, Facebook and other social media and radio sites.