On Saturday September 28th, the United Negro College Fund held its 17th annual Maya Angelou “Women Who Lead” Luncheon in Charlotte. The purpose of the event is to raise money for deserving students to attend historically black colleges, this Saturday the UNCF hoped to raise $500,000.
This was until keynote speaker Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be matching the almost $1.15 million already raised. The former talk show host and OWN Network chief has been widely known for her generosity over the years.
“I believe in the power of education,” said Winfrey. “There is nothing better than to open the door for someone.”
With Winfrey’s hefty donation the UNCF was able to raise a record breaking $2.3 million, four times their goal, in just one day.
“Oprah Winfrey’s record-breaking gift will be life-changing for our students and the historically black colleges and universities that serve them, continued Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “With her investment, we can continue to provide the resources our HBCUs need to do their invaluable work. We can fund scholarships that narrow the gap between college costs and family resources, and change the narrative of our HBCUs, who help strengthen and elevate a new generation of young, black and gifted students.”
For more information about the UNCF and its events please visit UNCF.org.
By Lauren Hudson
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