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NBA star Michael Jordan donates $5M to African American Museum

A section of the NMAAHC’s sports gallery will be named after Jordan

Rendering via Smithsonian Institution

Michael Jordan, businessman and retired basketball player, recently pledged $5 million to the sports gallery of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). A section of the sports gallery will be named after Jordan.

Jordan is one of 11 donors who has committed between $5 million and $10 million to the NMAAHC. According to Washington Business Journal, Jordan has contributed the most to the museum out of any other athlete.

Jordan further contributed to the museum’s sports gallery by also donating a jersey he wore for the Chicago Bulls during the 1996-1997 playoffs.

This past June, the museum was able to surpass their $270 million fundraising goal by achieving $273.6 million raised from corporations, foundations, and individuals. In order to celebrate the achievement, the museum plans on hosting a "mini-inauguration" with a White House reception, Kennedy Center performance, and dinners.

The museum is scheduled to open on September 24.

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