Microsoft Donates $1 Million to Museum of African American History
This past week has seen a lot of high profile organizations showing major support for people of color. It’s actually becoming quite a trend. For example, the first Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls was just crated and the NoVo Foundation is donating $90 million to helping women of color. Now, Microsoft is making this an official pattern – three times, remember?
The multi-billion dollar tech company has just announced that it will be donating $1 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, according to WTOP.
“The stories, art and culture of African Americans are vibrant and important narratives in our nation’s history,” said Fred Humphries, corporate vice president of U.S. government affairs for Microsoft. “Microsoft is proud to support the museum and bring these perspectives to life in a powerful and enriching experience.”
The museum is set to open its doors on Sept. 24 after construction started in 2011 and was designed by Afro-British architect David Adjaye. It will have 11 inaugural exhibitions spanning every period from the triangular slave trade, the civil rights movement and events as recent as President Barack Obama’s presidency.
President Obama will dedicate the museum – the 19th of the Smithsonian’s – in September.
With it’s $1 million donation, Microsoft joins a list of big name investors, such as The Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation, American Express, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and many more. For a full list of the donors, take a look at the museum’s “Acknowledgments” page.
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