Ex-NBA star and billionaire, Michael Jordan has just donated $5 million to the African American Museum.
The idea is to support the preservation of the historical and cultural values of Blacks in America.
The Museum management officially made the announcement on Monday, 8th August, 2016.
Michael Jordan is not new to the world of philanthropy. Recently he donated $2 million to help address police-related shootings in the United States.
2 months ago the successful business mogul under his co-owned NBA club, Charlotte Hornets, invested $500,000 into the city’s literacy programs. The aim of the donation was to improve the quality of education in North Carolina.
Michael Jordan’s $5 million donation will be the highest coming from a sports personality to the institution. The African American museum is said to have generated over $270 million from private donations.
With financial aids from the United States government the revenue is worth well over $540 million.
The Museum is set to be launched on September 24 by the soon-to-hand over President, Obama.
Significantly, the 5 time MVP winner equally handed the museum the jersey he wore for the 1996 NBA finals as a monumental collection.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum.”
“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.”– Michael Jordan
Reciprocating the gesture the Museum management has agreed that a section of the sports gallery in the museum will be named after the black American NBA champ. The section will be called the ‘Michael Jordan Hall’.
Lonnie G. Bunch III, the Museum’s Founding Director also expressed his joy over Jordan’s philanthropy in an official statement.
“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.”