Oprah Winfrey to Serve as Keynote Speaker at the 17th Annual UNCF Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon Presented by Wells Fargo

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Charlotte, North Carolina, Aug. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNCF (United Negro College Fund) announced today that global media leader, producer, actress and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will headline the 17 annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon as keynote speaker on Saturday, Sept. 28. This signature fundraising event presented by Wells Fargo is named after loyal UNCF supporter, the late Dr. Maya Angelou and honors local women whose footprints positively impact the Charlotte regional community.  Proceeds from the luncheon benefit students in North Carolina and the historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) that support them.

“We are elated to have Oprah Winfrey join us as we continue to honor the legacy of Dr. Angelou and celebrate 75 years of impact at UNCF,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO, UNCF. “Her commitment to the next generation of leaders—especially young women of color—mirrors our efforts in closing the educational gap to ensure better futures for us all.” 

Winfrey’s influence spans around the globe. For 25 years, she hosted the award-winning talk show , and currently inspires through , , film projects and executive producing through Harpo Films including the Emmy nominated series “When They See Us” from creator Ava DuVernay, and An Oprah Book imprint including her most recent New York Times bestseller “The Path Made Clear.”  

Winfrey has a history of paying it forward. In 2007, Winfrey established the  in South Africa to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world, including the Charlotte-based UNCF-member and HBCU Johnson C. Smith University.

In 1989, she established the Oprah Winfrey Endowed Scholarship Fund at UNCF-member institution and HBCU Morehouse College, where her total gift stands at $12 million. She’s also given substantial donations to Spelman College and her alma mater Tennessee State University.   Additionally, Winfrey is a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. In 2018, she was honored with the Cecil B deMille Award by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. 

“Oprah Winfrey inspires us to live a purposeful life,” said Tiffany Jones, area development director, UNCF. “As the Charlotte community comes together to raise a half a million dollars to send students to and through college, we are guaranteed an electrifying day for a great cause—education.”

UNCF named the annual luncheon after one of the most influential women of our time, Dr. Maya Angelou. As a civil rights activist, educator and a strong advocate for women around the world, Angelou believed that every student deserved the opportunity to go to college.  It is because of her positive image and vested interest in UNCF, that she was chosen to be the face of the Women Who lead luncheon.

For more information, visit or contact Area Development Director Tiffany Jones @ .

Follow this event on social media: @UNCFCharlotte #UNCFCharlotte #UNCF75 


Cynetra McMillian
United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF)

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Globe Newswire: 14:30 GMT Wednesday 14th August 2019

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