Source: Huffington Post
By Sarah Ruiz-Grossman
Basketball legend Michael Jordan committed to donating $100 million over 10 years to organizations advancing racial justice amid protests nationwide over systemic racism.
“Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement,” Jordan wrote in a joint statement Friday with his Jordan Brand. He announced the years-long donation commitment to groups “dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”
The 57-year-old former Chicago Bulls player and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets made his pledge on the 11th day of protests after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd, who was Black, died when a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
Last week, Jordan responded to Floyd’s death in a statement, saying he was “deeply saddened” and “plain angry.”
“I stand with those calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country,” Jordan wrote. “We have had enough.”