Oprah Winfrey continues her amazing work.
For Morehouse College’s 30th anniversary on Monday (Oct. 7), Winfrey surprised everyone in attendance with the announcement of her donation. “I was really surprised to learn that it’s been 30 years since I made that $12 million donation to Morehouse, so today I would like to add $13 million to that,” Winfrey said.
While speaking at the event, Winfrey stated that she is proud of the students’ achievements throughout the years. Moving forward, she is grateful that her money is going to a great cause. “Seeing you young Oprah Winfrey scholars here today has moved me deeply,” Winfrey said. “I am so proud of you, I’m proud of everybody in attendance at this school who is seeking to know more clearly who you are, the value you hold and how you will share that value with the rest of the world.”
Morehouse President David A. Thomas explained that he is grateful for Winfrey’s generous offerings. “I’m grateful to Oprah Winfrey for her generosity,” he said. “I am also feeling hopeful for Morehouse and what it has garnered in terms of philanthropic support with gifts like Oprah’s and Robert Smith’s. I am hopeful that this will also get others to step up with their support of Morehouse, but even more broadly, historically black colleges and universities.”
In addition to Thomas, Nathan Rolle, a senior international studies major and journalism minor, is ecstatic that she had the opportunity to meet her role model. “I’ve looked up to Mrs. Winfrey my entire life,” Rolle said. “This day is the highlight of my Morehouse experience.”
Speaking of Black Magic, more recently, Tyler Perry made headlines as the first Black man to own a major movie studio. While attending the launch in Atlanta, Winfrey stated that she is inspired by Perry’s determination.