Dolly Parton Uses Her Personal Wealth to Help Black Communities

Dolly Parton Uses Her Personal Wealth to Help Black Communities

( – In 1997, Dolly Parton was looking for a place to build a recording studio with her royalties from Whitney Houston’s version of her song “I Will Always Love You.” With Parton’s net worth hovering around $600 million, she could’ve had her pick of any property in Nashville, but she chose a place to honor the artist instead.

She decided to quietly buy a strip mall in a predominantly Black neighborhood in Nashville, an area her real estate agent didn’t think to show her.

When asked why she chose that particular location for her purchase, Dolly said she wanted to “be down here with her people, who are my people as well.” She refers to the transformed area as “the house that Whitney built.”

True to form, Parton didn’t buy the property for fame or recognition; she just did what she felt was the right thing to do. The thoughtful investment was just one step in her lifelong philanthropic adventures, including donations to worthy causes, her establishment of the Imagination Library for children, and her most recent contribution to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Dolly believes that neighbors should take care of neighbors, and she shows that generously with a humble and faithful heart.

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