Michael Jordan donates $5 million to an African American museum
The National Museum of African American History and Culture received a huge gift from one of the NBA’s greatest. 6-time NBA champion Michael Jordan decided to donate $5 million to the 19th Smithsonian museum, making it the largest contribution any professional athlete has ever donated to the museum.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan told The Washington Post. “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.”
With this donation, the museum has collected just over $278 million. Jordan’s philanthropy has certainly been showing recently, and it is good to see this legend give back to his community. Museum Founding Director Lonnie G. Bunch III even felt that Jordan deserved a little something bac for his generous donation, so the museum will name a section of its sports gallery the Michael Jordan Hall, honoring his gratitude.
“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,” Bunch said.