In an upcoming interview with Dr. Oz previewed on Page Six, Oprah Winfrey says that watching jurors deliver a guilty verdict to Derek Chauvin was emotional.
She said: “I watched the verdict live — like so many other people around the world. I started to tear up and I asked myself, ‘Where is this emotion coming from?’ And I was having … flashbacks of Emmett Till and all the names that we’ve heard protesters speak for.”
On April 20, the former police officer was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced in June.
Winfrey said that the night before, she had a dream about Till, the 14-year-old lynched in 1955 after a white woman accused him of flirting with her.
“And so I wake in that morning like, what does that mean? And does that mean this whole trial is going to blow up…?,” she said. “So I went to bed [after the verdict] thinking about Emmett Till and the fact that he never received justice. And this moment was a sacrifice for all of the people who didn’t receive justice.”
Winfrey’s interview will air Thursday.