Missing: Ms Winfrey was reportedly asked by the memorial on two separate occasions for a financial donation which was not received
Celebrated among thousands last weekend on the National Mall, the dedication of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial was nothing short in fanfare, yet is reportedly still short of funds -- and not every one of its famed supporters has donated funds.
Missing: Ms Winfrey was reportedly asked by the memorial on two separate occasions for a financial donation which was not received.
The Midas touch of Oprah Winfrey, the multi-billion-dollar media mogul who has dedicated good chunks of her television show and now cable network OWN to Dr King, has passed on the memorial's awaiting hands.
According to the New York Daily News, Ms Winfrey had been approached more than once for a donation to the project and has repeatedly declined.
Originally asking for a donation of $1 million and receiving no amount in response, she was approached again for a lesser amount of $500,000, they report.
Nothing was given.
But three years ago in 2008, Ms Winfrey recorded an episode of her talk show program on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial where Dr King delivered his 1963 'I Have a Dream' speech.
She spoke on the powerful impact Dr King had had on her life, dedicating that episode to his life and work.
'Nothing that has happened in my life since I was 16-years-old would've been possible,' Ms Winfrey said in a clip of that episode.
'I wouldn't have been in radio. I wouldn't have been on television,' she continued, 'I just wouldn't have the life that I have without Martin Luther King Jr.'
In 2006 she also made time to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for this same memorial on the national mall.
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