Michael Jordan has been in the giving mood lately.
Two weeks after pledging to contribute a combined $2 million to organizations combatting police brutality and the targeting of cops, the NBA Hall of Famer has donated $5 million to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, the museum confirmed to the Washington Post on Monday.
According to the Post, Jordan's donation marks the largest gift from a sports star to the museum, which President Obama is scheduled to open September 24. Thus far, the museum has raised upwards of $548 million, including federal aid.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan said in a statement, as reported by the 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.”
The museum's founding director, Lonnie G. Bunch III, said Jordan's donation will be used to show visitors how "sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society.”
The six-time NBA champion's generous gift comes two weeks after he broke his long silence about police brutality involving African-Americans to announce his pledge of $2 million to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. The donations will seek to find solutions for the growing amount of police brutality incidents and the targeting of cops.
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