Oprah Winfrey born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Miss. is one of the most influential women in the world and with a net worth of reportedly $2 billion is the richest African American woman in the nation. She is a media executive, owner of her magazine and television network, both named OWN, as well as a philanthropist, who has founded several schools in Africa and provided homes for Katrina victims flooded out in New Orleans.
In honor of Black History month, each day I will be sharing with you profiles of 50 amazing African American role models who I interviewed in 1985 for my book And Still We Rise. Some, like Maya Angelou, who allowed me to re-frame the title of her poem And Still I Rise for my book, Dick Gregory, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr. and Arthur Ashe have made their heavenly transitions.
Talking to founding director of the museum Dr. Lonnie Bunch who raised about half a billion dollars to complete the project. Oprah donated over $20 million. Lonnie is my grandson Zaydon’s Gpop which is why I am hanging around in Lonnie’s suite. At 4 he has wonderful friends. I look forward to Lonnie’s forthcoming book A Fool’s Errand.