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Spreading the Wealth

Spreading the Wealth

The University of Virginia received a $1 million gift from twin brothers and National Football League stars Ronde and Tiki Barber. The brothers graduated from the university in 1997. The gift will support a range of programs and scholarships.


Norfolk State University (Va.) received a $1 million gift from Ernest M. Hodge, founder and co-CEO of March/Hodge Automotive Group and a 1975 alumnus of the university, to establish the Ernest M. Hodge Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business.


Gen Colin. L. Powell, the former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff donated $1 million to the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at the City College of New York. Powell, a graduate of CCNY, founded the center in 1997 as a student-focused policy center and serves as distinguished scholar and chairman of its Advisory Council.

National Football League star Donovan McNabb, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, donated $50,000 each to Dillard University and
Xavier University of Louisiana to help the New Orleans-based historically Black institutions recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Walter O. Evans, a retired surgeon and noted art collector, and his wife, Linda, donated 70 works of African-American art to the Savannah College of Art and Design. The college will establish the Walter O. Evans Center for African-American Studies in 2007 to go along with the collection, whichis valued at between $7 and $10 million.


Sheila Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television, agreed to donate her private jet to transport four rare Stradivarius string instruments from their home at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to the University of Illinois, Johnson’s alma mater. Most recently, Johnson donated $5 million to the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education to create a new Center for Human Services.

When Charlie Johnson, president of the board of trustees at Benedict College won $200,000 dollars by picking the first five numbers in Kentucky’s Powerball lottery, he had the check made out directly to the college. If he had picked the sixth number, the Powerball, correctly, Johnson would have claimed $15 million.

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