Theballerlife.com has learned that former talk-show host turned cable network owner Oprah Winfrey is giving $12 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture being currently built on Washington’s National Mall, officials said Tuesday.
The Washingtonpost.com reports:
Combined with the $1 million she gave in 2007, it is the museum’s largest donation, and Winfrey’s name will go on a 350-seat theater in recognition. The chairwoman and chief executive of the Oprah Winfrey Network has been a member of the museum’s advisory council since 2004.
“I am so proud of African American history and its contributions to our nation as a whole,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I am deeply appreciative of those who paved the path for me and all who follow in their footsteps. By investing in this museum, I want to help ensure that we both honor and preserve our culture and history, so that the stories of who we are will live on for generations to come.”
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