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by Tyrus Townsend

As the late, great civil rights leader and educator Mary McLeod Bethune once said, “As I give, I get.” We must remember that it is always better to give than to receive. Charity begins at home and by home I mean the black community. Don’t feel as though you must give a large amount of money; your time is just as valuable. This featured group of entertainers, business moguls and innovators know just that. So let’s take inspiration from the following notable figures and their philanthropy.

Oprah Winfrey

Whether in the United States or abroad, Winfrey has donated millions of dollars, including $40 million towards the creation of a leadership academy in South Africa and ensuring that deserving students attend institutions of higher learning. Her Angel’s Network has raised more than $80 million in which 100% goes to fund charitable projects and grants globally. Her namesake foundation aids to empower women, children and families and on December 20, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the national “Oprah Bill” aka National Child Protection Law which created a database to help track child abusers.

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