Oprah Winfrey donates $13 million to Morehouse College

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LumiNola/iStock(ATLANTA) -- Oprah Winfrey is getting behind historically black colleges and universities in a big way.

Last month, Winfrey donated more than $1 million to the United Negro College Fund for scholarships to HSBUs.

And on Monday, she announced she would give $13 million to her scholarship program at Morehouse College -- a private, historically black men's college in Atlanta, Ga. -- three decades after she first set up the program with a $12 million donation.

Her new contribution brings her total investment to $25 million -- the largest endowment in Morehouse's history.

After meeting 47 of her Oprah Winfrey Scholars, Winfrey explained why she felt compelled to help the students.

"I understand that African-American men are an endangered species," she said, according to a release from the university. "They are so misunderstood. They are so marginalized."

"Where and when I can lend support to try to change that image, I do," she continued. "That is what Morehouse is doing. It is saying 'This is who we really are.'"

The college also presented Winfrey with a painting of her likeness, which she reposted on her Instagram along with a video from the event, during which she received roses from her scholars.

"Spent a day marinating in black excellence with these gorgeous, promising, young men at @morehouse1867," she wrote.

"They honored me with roses, a song, and a portrait for a scholarship fund I set up 30 years ago," she wrote. "Can’t wait to see what they do with their future."

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