Michael Jordan has long been criticized for not giving enough or speaking out on issues, but lately, he’s made an effort.
After releasing a statement about the recent police shootings, he has made a generous, $5 million donation to the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Officials at the National Museum of African American History and Culture announced Jordan’s donation on Monday (Aug. 8). And, in recognition of the gift, they will name a section of its sports gallery after Jordan.
Also, the NBA great has donated a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA Finals to the museum’s collection.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,” Jordan said in a statement. “I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.”
The museum is set to open Sept. 24.
Last month, Jordan spoke out on racial tensions in America, in wake of the rash of police shootings. He also donated $1 million to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.