Michael Jordan was long considered to be silent on issues affecting the black community while profiting off of their support of his brand. It appears that’s an image Jordan is trying to move away from, after penning a letter about gun violence and announcing investments in two separate organizations. Now, he’s taking his commitment even further by donating $5 million to the Museum of African-American History and Culture.
“His gift will enable our visitors to explore how sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society,” said Museum Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch III.
Jordan’s monetary donation, as well as his gift of a jersey he wore in the 1996 NBA Finals, help the museum prepare for it’s opening on Sept. 24, which President Obama will be present for. It’s currently raised $278 million in private donations, according to the Washington Post, and more than $548 million including federal aid. A section of the museum’s sports gallery will be called “Michael Jordan Hall.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan said in a statement. “I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.”
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