ATLANTA — Basketball nice Michael Jordan and Nike’s Jordan Model are giving $1 million to Morehouse Faculty in Atlanta to spice up journalism and sports-related research.
The present introduced Friday will assist enrich its journalism and sports activities program that was initially launched with a donation from director and actor Spike Lee. The college, in a information launch, mentioned the donation will assist fund scholarships, expertise and academic programming for college students in these fields.
“Morehouse is grateful to Michael Jordan and Jordan Model for an funding within the schooling of gifted males of coloration who will guarantee there’s fairness, steadiness, and reality in the way in which sports activities tales are framed and the way in which the Black expertise is contextualized inside American historical past,” mentioned Monique Dozier, vice chairman for institutional development at Morehouse.
The donation is a component of a bigger philanthropic donation by Jordan and Jordan Model known as the Black Neighborhood Dedication, which has directed donations to the Smithsonian Establishment’s Nationwide Museum of African American Historical past and Tradition and the Ida B. Wells Society, amongst different organizations.
“Training is essential for understanding the Black expertise in the present day,” Jordan mentioned. “We wish to assist folks perceive the reality of our previous and assist inform the tales that may form our future.”
This system, which has centered on the dearth of Black management in sports activities journalism and athletics, has produced greater than 80 graduates who now work in media and sports activities.
Lee, a 1979 Morehouse graduate, mentioned there could be a “wealthy legacy of storytellers who can be supported by these applications.”
“Many individuals are influenced to assume a sure approach about Black of us based mostly on what they see on tv and in Hollywood. We have to inform our story,” he mentioned.