Michael Jordan donates $1 million to Morehouse journalism and sports program

ATLANTA — Basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand is giving a million dollars to Morehouse College.

The gift will help fund scholarships, technology and educational programming for students studying journalism and sports-related areas of study.

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Jordan is also giving gifts to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Ida B. Wells Society.

The gifts are part of the company’s Black Community Commitment initiative, which aims to directly impact the fight against systemic racism.

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“Education is crucial for understanding the Black experience today,” Jordan said. “We want to help people understand the truth of our past and help tell the stories that will shape our future.”

“There’s going to be a rich legacy of storytellers who will be supported by these programs,” added Morehouse alumnus Spike Lee ’79, an Academy Award-winning filmmaker and sports enthusiast. “Many people are influenced to think a certain way about Black folks based on what they see on television and in Hollywood. We’ve got to tell our story.”

Morehouse is the only historically Black college or university dedicated to educating Black men.

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The journalism and sports program has focused on the lack of Black leadership in sports journalism and athletics.

The program has produced more than 80 graduates who now work in media and sports.

“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,” said Monique Dozier, vice president for institutional advancement at Morehouse.