Oprah donates over $1 million to United Negro College Fund
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Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyTexas court grants indefinite stay on Rodney Reed execution Democratic handwringing hits new highs over 2020 Famous gingers Prince Harry, Ed Sheeran team up for World Mental Health Day MORE shocked a crowd over the weekend when she donated more than $1 million to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Winfrey announced the donation on Saturday while speaking at the 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon in Charlotte, N.C.


As the video screen in the conference room showed that $1.15 million had already been raised, Winfrey said she would match that figure, prompting those in attendance to erupt in cheers.

"So here's what I'm going to do, I'm going to match that number!” Winfrey said to applause, according to video shared by UNCF. 

The funds will benefit students in North Carolina and HBCUs.

Winfrey noted that she took the time to attend the event because of her reverence for Angelou and her belief in “the power of education.”

"I'm also here today because I believe in the power of education. There is nothing better than to open the door of opportunity for someone," she said.