If Oprah Winfrey believes in anything, it is education. It’s been the focal point of her message and career and she’s shelled out tons of money in the past to initiate educational programs, fund colleges and even set up a school of her own. Now the OWN mogul has made another gargantuan donation in the name of education, handing out $12 million to help launch a new African-American museum in Washington D.C.
According to Living Civil, is writing out the mammoth check to the Smithsonian’s 19th museum, The National Museum of African American History and Culture. Winfrey previously gave $1 million to the museum. Her new contribution is the biggest one that the museum has ever received.
When the museum opens in 2015, it will feature a theater named in honor of Winfrey because of her hefty contribution.
When it opens, the museum will also feature house artifacts including Harriet Tubman’s shawl, Emmett Till’s casket, a slave cabin and a Jim Crow-era segregated railroad car.
As always, we commend Winfrey for love of education and her humanitarian efforts. Luckily, she’s not alone. Check out some other charitable celebrities below. – nicholas robinson