As protests continue across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Michael Jordan announced his plans to invest in racial equality, social justice and greater access to education. He and the Jordan Brand are committing $100 million over the next decade to organizations to help accomplish that mission, Chapelboro reports.
“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” Jordan said. “I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”
Jordan grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina and eventually became a UNC basketball legend before cementing his legacy with a long career with the Chicago Bulls. Jordan owns the Charlotte Hornets professional basketball team and lent his name to the Jordan Brand at Nike.
“Jordan Brand is us, the black community,” the company said in a statement. “Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice.”
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