Michael Jordan has donated $1 million to help propel Morehouse College's sports and journalism program to success. The $1 million gift will help supply students with technology, fund scholarships and much more.
"Morehouse is grateful to Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand for an investment in the education of talented men of color who will ensure there is equity, balance, and truth in the way sports stories are framed and the way the Black experience is contextualized within American history," Monique Dozier of Morehouse College said about Jordan's donation.
Michael Jordan did not attend Morehouse College, but he does have ties to the school's sports and journalism program. The educational track was put in place after receiving a donation from Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee. Lee and Jordan worked together on an iconic Nike commercial in 1991. Also, Lee has been a longtime New York Knicks season ticket holder, who has seen Jordan up close during his playoff battles against his favorite team.
"Education is crucial for understanding the Black experience today. We want to help people understand the truth of our past and help tell the stories that will shape our future," Jordan said.
Thus far, the program has produced nearly 100 students who have gone on to work in sports and/or journalism. With Jordan's additional support, Lee believes the school will be able to further support a "rich legacy of storytellers who will be supported by these programs."
"Many people are influenced to think a certain way about Black folks based on what they see on television and in Hollywood," Lee added.
"We've got to tell our story."
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