Atlanta: Basketball nice Michael Jordan and Nike are giving $US1 million ($1.3 million) to Morehouse Faculty in Atlanta, Georgia, to spice up journalism and sports-related research.
The present introduced on Saturday (AEST) 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 press release, stated the donation would assist fund scholarships, expertise and academic programming for college kids in these fields.
“Morehouse is grateful to Michael Jordan and [Nike’s] Jordan model [of products] for an funding within the training of gifted males of color who will guarantee there’s fairness, stability, and reality in the best way sports activities tales are framed and the best way the Black expertise is contextualised inside American historical past,” stated Monique Dozier, vice-president for institutional development at single-sex faculty.
The donation is a component of a bigger philanthropic donation by Jordan and Nike referred to 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 organisations.
“Schooling is essential for understanding the black expertise as we speak,” Jordan stated. “We wish to assist folks perceive the reality of our previous and assist inform the tales that can 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, stated there can be a “wealthy legacy of storytellers who will likely be supported by these applications”.
“Many individuals are influenced to suppose a sure approach about black people primarily based on what they see on tv and in Hollywood. We’ve obtained to inform our story,” he stated.