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Were you on Oprah’s Georgia show in ‘87? Come back!

Oprah wants to hear from folks who were in the audience in Cumming in 1987

Oprah wants to hear from folks who were in the audience in Cumming in 1987

In 1987, Oprah Winfrey’s show filmed in Cumming. The topic was Forsyth County’s history of race relations.

Numerous residents attended and were interviewed during the episode.

Now, as the queen of all media prepares for her final season, she’d like to reconnect with past guests, including those who were in the audience that day more than 20 years ago.

Is this you? If so, contact Oprah!

Is this you? If so, contact Oprah

“We are looking to find audience members from the Forsyth County show filmed in Cumming, Ga., on Feb. 9, 1987,” reads a posting on Oprah’s website.

Several pages’ worth of photos are posted on the site. (It’s clear they were indeed taken during the 1980s, given the shoulder pads, skinny ties and other telltale fashions).


Oprah's website includes many guest photos

If you recognize yourself or someone else from among them, Oprah wants you to get in touch.

It’s not clear whether Oprah plans a return trip to Cumming, or whether an episode featuring some of the past guests will be filmed at her studios.

(Of course, if she does plan a return trip, maybe she can swing by her close friend Tyler Perry’s new spread. He’s just purchased the 58-acre Dean Gardens property in Johns Creek, which isn’t too far from Forsyth County.)

Oprah has announced her final show will air in September 2011.

27 comments Add your comment


August 26th, 2010
3:12 pm

I was only 3 when that episode aired but the hairstyles in the pictures above are very interesting including Oprah’s. That is one thing I am glad I do not remember about the 80s is all of those exaggerated makeup, clothing, and sky high hair that many women considered fashion. The 90s were a little better. I wonder if Oprah every contacted anyone from the OWN auditions that were held in Roswell in June. Or was it just a ruse to gather ideas for her 24 hour network?


August 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

With all that garish makeup, shoulder pads and hair, it’s no wonder it’s called the ‘big 80’s’!


August 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

I just hope it doesn’t become one of those “Oh, look at the ignorant, racist Southerners!” things. I remember wincing at some of the opinions voiced when that episode aired. Forsyth is now (I think) the fastest growing county in the state. I would like to things have changed.


August 26th, 2010
4:57 pm

I am so sick of hearing T. Perry has bought Dean Gardens …. it has been on the online front page for many days …. Its not a big deal for heaven’s sake !

conyers girl

August 26th, 2010
5:03 pm

I remember that episode. I had recently moved to Atlanta and had no idea where Forsyth was even located.


August 26th, 2010
5:12 pm

I grew up in Forsyth County and man is this is going to be good. I wonder how many of my “Former” neighbors are cringing at the thought of having their racist opinions broadcast on TV yet again. Especially considering that one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Forsyth is full of Doctors, Lawyers, Business owners who are mostly African American, and none of them could afford to live there. Yep they are going to be sick. Now they feel stuck because they can’t sell their homes and those who have an interest in living there now, are not interested in their “Shacks”. Don’t get me wrong, I am a White woman who loved living there. But some of them are down right mean and hateful and it’s embarrassing.


August 26th, 2010
5:25 pm

Gloria..they won’t be to hard to find..they headed for the hills..the area between the GA and TN border is still pretty “backwards”


August 26th, 2010
5:29 pm

Thank God..we are moving in the right direction…I love the diversity of GA…from great Southern food and charm…to great Greek restaurants and more…Forsyth is a great county!

The best thing about those that were FEATURED on Oprah with their racist thoughts is that many have gone the way of the dinosaurs(extinction), or are stuck on oxygen tanks waiting to meet their maker(and it isn’t UP!), or having a HOT card game with the DEVIL…


August 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

the racism,ignorance,and backwardness continues to haunt Atlanta today and has in someways stagnated growth here..atlanta use to be quite an progressive city in the 80,s now everthing still boils down to race and thats why its not a great city like Seattle,San fransisco,Rome,Paris,LONDON,Los angeles, we cant let go of race here and its held the city to just a overpopulated poorly planned spread out southern city without an identity..and our downtown continues to be lackluster all due to race


August 26th, 2010
5:57 pm

“we cant let go of race here and its held the city to just a overpopulated poorly planned spread out southern city without an identity..and our downtown continues to be lackluster all due to race”

Both sides are to blame for the continued racial divide that still exists. It’s not just Atlanta, it everywhere. Why not go back and see if folks in rural Indiana have changed there way of thinking? Rehashing the past is a huge part the problem!

Being a Southern city without identity has to do with migration – from folks moving here for all parts of the globe. Race did not water down the South!


August 26th, 2010
5:59 pm

I’m crossing my fingers that Forsyth County has evolved to at least the 1990’s by the time she visits them again.


August 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

When the show finished shooting some local dignitaries wanted to take her on a tour of the area, which she politely declined. Then hurrying back to her limo she supposedly looked at the driver and said, “get me the Hell out of here”.


August 26th, 2010
8:19 pm

So the Queen is going to take one last shot at the South before saying bye. I hope most of the people who were on that show are smart enough not to go back on it.


August 26th, 2010
8:38 pm

Scott, you really think Los Angeles is better than Atlanta?

Atl Resident

August 26th, 2010
8:56 pm

Who the hell even care about Oprah?


August 26th, 2010
9:32 pm

It’s funny that someone would even mention Los Angeles and great city in the same sentence. Atlanta is basically the east coast version of Los Angeles. Spread out and way too much traffic. LA is just has more sprawl but Atlanta will get there in the next 25 years or so unless people start moving into the city and they do some real mass transit subway system like New York City has that actually goes out to the suburbs where people live.


August 26th, 2010
10:45 pm

I am curious as to What the ages are of the people who still feel that “race” is holding ATL back? I see everyone community, which is fairly new( about 4 years old, has people from ALL AROUND THE WORLD living here..)

I find that kind of thinking is laughed at by the younger generation, 25 and under..who seem to view the world so much better than their parents and DEFINTELY better than the grandparents!


August 26th, 2010
11:37 pm

Obviously y’all either don’t remember or did not see the episode. Oprah listened to people explain how what was going on with the marchers were outsiders and they DID NOT have a problem with blacks living in the area. And then said well they seemed like nice people but she wouldnt want to live there anyway. so much for wanting to bring people together.

West C to East C

August 27th, 2010
4:47 am

I got stationed in Athens 12 years ago, and has since moved to Atlanta first to East Point. I could have easily moved back to los Angeles, but decided to stay after getting off active duty. I made the best decision of my life. Atlanta is not the same as it was 10 years ago, and the same for Forsyth Co. Everyone and every community has and will grow to better understand those that have moved into all these over priced homes. No matter what country or state they orginally came from. Some people say that Atlanta is the New York of the south. Not sure of that. But if Oprah wants to come back, hell let her. Im sure her money is green and Gods knows we need all the green in Georgia we can get.


August 27th, 2010
6:48 am

Just to let people know, I was one that was on the show. Some of you think back 25 years ago Forsyth was backwards…and still is. Believe me, Forsyth back then was no different than the race relations that was going on in Detroit, LA, NY or anywhere else in the country. Forsyth was shown to be the place, at one point in time, that each side came out.

Speaking of that, did you know that road blocks were set up at each Forsyth County border the day of the march just to keep others from entering and making trouble? Did you know the day of the march that 60 people were arrested for causing trouble against the marchers…and only 6 were from Forsyth? All of these other people from other areas, including outside of GA, were there causing trouble.

BTW, you were not there on the show listening to the yelling during the commercial breaks between the REAL Forsyth County folks and the “Imports” who say they were and making an a$$ of themselves.

If Forsyth is as bad as everyone makes us out to be, then why are we the fastest growing county (percentage wish) in the country for the past 20 years??

Kele Sewell

August 27th, 2010
12:05 pm

Soul Purpose is a novel about the racial struggles of Forsyth County and tells the story of WHY the area was segragated long after surrounding areas had peacefully integrated. I would love for Oprah to read this novel, I feel that she would find it interesting.


August 27th, 2010
2:55 pm

I just returned from Los Angeles and I am happy to be back in Atlanta. LA is a city unlike any other I have visited in America. First of all, the city is terribly overpopulated which creates problems beyond the traffic and the crazy drivers. There is a lack of highway patrol or police presence so the majority of people take that as a sign they can use their car as if they are in a Speed Racer cartoon. So many people from so many different ethnic groups and of diverse nationalities live in Los Angeles yet they are relegated to their own (many of them low income) communities. Everywhere I look on the main streets of Beverly Hills and Sunset, 99% of the people on the billboards, movie and television advertisements were Caucasians. In a city where Latinos and Asians make up so much of the population it is interesting how they are not represented in the media that is developed and promoted in the city in which they live. Atlanta is not perfect but I would NEVER move to Los Angeles, as if the city was not crowded enough, there are WAY too many tourists there. There were also turn lanes without any turn signals forcing cars to drive through the red light (and backing up traffic) in the city but who cares? There were not any police around to give out tickets. The only positive aspect about LA was the street parking where unlike Atlanta, most of the meters and pay stations were not 24 hours and the signs were current. Paying hours varied with each neighborhood. If you want to see racism staring you blatantly in the face, forget 1987 Forsyth County; just go right to 2010 Los Angeles.


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September 6th, 2010
2:09 pm

O is, no doubt, only wanting to return to get in their faces just to ask how they feel about a black man being president. As if the entire world thinks like her that he is (gasp!) “the one”. (lolol these obots crack me up)

O, look around, and open those eyes and ears – America isn’t too happy with your “one” – or you, for that matter.
You denounced Jesus Christ – and that, my friend, is probably the reason why your show has reached its end. I’m surprised you have not announced your conversion to Muslim – like the good lit’l sheep that you seem to be.


darlene daniels

September 10th, 2010
1:59 pm

So…does Oprah still want to come back since the little black gang that now lives there killed a security guard and robbed Ingle’s???


September 16th, 2010
10:38 pm

I live right at the border of Forsyth County and Fulton in Alpharetta GA. Forsyth is so intergrated now I’m not sure there will be any impact or shocker at all.


September 17th, 2010
11:09 pm

hi again, just wanted to know what good talk are we going to have tomorrow being sat.i know here in vt we are gonna have a frost tonight.see ya suzanne