Oprah Winfrey Donates Over $1 Million To Help HBCUs

Oprah Winfrey came to Charlotte to help raise money at a United Negro College Fund (UNCF) event and left an unexpected gift behind — a donation of $1.15 million dollars. Winfrey came to Charlotte to give a talk at the 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon this past weekend. The UNCF set a goal of raising $1 million, which would be used for scholarships for students in the area to attend HBCUs. Winfrey asked the audience how much had been raised so far and that’s when the event took a sharp turn.

Winfrey told the audience, “We do want to make this the world record-breaking event,” and that’s precisely what happened. Winfrey agreed to match the total amount raised — $1.15 million — bringing the total for the event to $2.3 million. Predictably, the crowd went nuts. But this isn’t Winfrey’s first time showing such generosity to a Black institution. Winfrey donated $21 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. In 1995 Winfrey made a $1 million contribution to Spelman College and has given at least $12 million to Morehouse over the years. Winfrey’s generosity is certainly commendable but we should do more than just celebrate it, indeed we should all emulate.

Few people — Black, white or purple — have $1 million to spare. What we all have, however, is a few dollars every month. Collectively, if we all choose to give $10 each month to the HBCU closest to us (geographically or sentimentally), those institutions would actually benefit much more than they do from the occasional large gift from an Oprah Winfrey. Yes, Black institutions certainly need large donors but it is our collective responsibility to uphold our institutions of higher learning. Let’s salute Oprah Winfrey and other celebs and also support our HBCUs, together.

  1. Kat
    October 1, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Ah black privilege. The ‘we want to always remain victims so let us have specific race only.. but no one else because pooor us’. I hope the education teaches them to rise above that but book intelligence and wisdom are different. Dont worry, black privilege 2, label any that call us out for remaining victims by our own hand as racist so I dont see the truth will surely apply. Note, you cant create the world you want by being all you hate.

  2. Mary
    October 7, 2019 at 7:30 am

    What on earth are you talking about? You do realize you arrogant moron of a dying race, that this is a post on a woman donating to schools that get rather poor funding, and honestly you need to say the same thing to whites that donate to predominantly white institutions like Harvard, yale, etc. or to Asians and latinos that donate to their institutions, you hypocritical jackass. This is nothing about privilege, all races have their own institutions specifically to them, yet when blacks in america create their own institutions, there are fearful twats like yourself that spout nonsense. You remind me of the jackasses that bombed black towns because they were successful. Blacks across this world will do a lot better if they did not follow martin luther kings pacifism, that he himself regretted around the time of his death.

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