Oprah Winfrey attends the "Selma" New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 14, 2014 in New York City

Oprah Winfrey attends the “Selma” New York Premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on December 14, 2014 in New York City

*Oprah Winfrey is using the full weight of her cable network to promote the wide release of “Selma” on January 9.

As previously reported, New Year’s Day on OWN will feature the premiere of two civil rights-themed programs. “Oprah: Where Are They Now? Civil Rights Special” will begin at 9 p.m., followed by “Race on The Oprah Winfrey Show with Tamron Hall” at 10. A third offering, “Oprah’s Master Class: Civil Rights Special,” will premiere on Sunday, January 4 at 10 p.m.

Below: View more info about each special along with sneak peeks and excerpts, followed by Oprah discussing civil rights activist and “Oprah Winfrey Show” devotee Annie Lee Cooper, whom Oprah portrays in “Selma.”

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OPRAH: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? CIVIL RIGHTS SPECIAL:
(Thursday, January 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Oprah Winfrey interviews Ruby Bridges who, at six years old, became a hero and civil rights pioneer as one of the first black children to integrate into an all-white New Orleans elementary school in 1960. From Harpo Studios in Chicago, Oprah takes a look back at the most historic moments on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” covering civil rights and race relations.

Below – Civil Rights Pioneer Ruby Bridges on Ferguson and Eric Garner:

Below – Oprah: Where Are They Now? Civil Rights Special promo:

 

OPRAH’S MASTER CLASS: CIVIL RIGHTS SPECIAL:
(Sunday, January 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Cicely Tyson, Dr. Maya Angelou, Lionel Richie, Diahann Carroll, and Berry Gordy, Jr. share their insights from deeply personal experiences with segregation, race, and racism. Plus, more compelling stories about equality and how they strive to be the best they can be from: Condoleezza Rice, Morgan Freeman, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Jay Z.

Below – Diahann Carroll Shares the Important Lesson on Racism She Learned From Her Mother:

 

RACE ON THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW WITH TAMRON HALL
(Thursday, January 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

From Harpo Studios in Chicago, NBC News national correspondent Tamron Hall takes a look back at the most historic moments on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that covered civil rights and race relations.

Watch two clips below:

Below – The Little Rock Nine Remember the First Day of Desegregation

 

Winfrey serves as an executive producer on “Selma” and takes a role in the film as Annie Lee Cooper, a Selma-born civil rights activist who famously socked Sheriff Jim Clark in the face.

SELMA - 2014 FILM STILL - Oprah Winfrey

SELMA – 2014 FILM STILL – Oprah Winfrey

Annie Lee Cooper fought with officers after they tried to stop her from standing in line to vote in 1965

Annie Lee Cooper fought with officers after they tried to stop her from standing in line to vote in 1965

Annie Lee Cooper was also a fan of the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” up until her death in 2010 at the age of 100.

Annie Lee Cooper

Annie Lee Cooper

Below, Oprah reveals how “Selma” director” Ava DuVernay used this bit of information in her pitch for Winfrey to play the role: