National Museum of African American History and Culture officials publicly thanked Michael Jordan for his $5 million donation on Monday.
This generous gift bumped the amount to $278 million for the Smithsonian museum. Once federal aid by President Obama was granted, the grand total went over $548 million.
The NBA icon also offered up his 1996 NBA Finals jersey to be part of the museum’s collection. In return, a special section of the sports gallery will be named the “Michael Jordan Hall.” Of course the six time champion, Olympic gold medalist will be highlighted as part of African American History. Along with tennis player Althea Gibson and track-and-field star Jesse Owens.
In a statement, Michael humbly acknowledged Jesse Owens for his accomplishments in his “racial barrier” breaking.
“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.”
Be sure to make a special stop in Washington D.C. to visit the latest museum celebrating African American culture.