Michael Jordan pledges to donate $100 million over the decade to fight for race equality

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News: Michael Jordan announced on June 5 that he will donate $100 million to organisations devoted to fighting for race equality over the course of the next ten years, after having joined the protests in the wake of the killing of George Floyd demanding an end to police brutality.

Here are five components of the story:

  • Jordan said that he and his Jordan Brand, a shoe-and-apparel division of Nike, would donate the funds over the next ten years with the goal of ‘ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education’.

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Michael Jordan, former NBA star
  • He further said, “Until the ingrained racism that allows our country’s institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people.”
  • His pledge comes just days after he joined thousands of Americans in voicing his anger and frustration over the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. ‘I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,’ he said of Floyd’s death. 
  • He added a message of possible hope, a better future that could emerge out of these protests. ‘I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others,’ he said. 
  • Derek Chauvin, the police officer who suffocated Floyd with his knee against Floyd’s neck has been charged with murder, while the three other officers involved—Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao—were charged with aiding an abetting the murder of Floyd.
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