Basketball legend Michael Jordan will donate $2.5 million to organizations fighting voter suppression of Black Americans.
Jordan will give $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the Formerly Incarcerated, Convicted Peoples and Families Movement. At the same time, Black Voters Matter, which focuses on increasing voter registration and turnout, will receive $500,000.
In a statement, Jordan explained that the recipients “were selected based on their ability to take action that can create impact now.”
Last month, Jordan pledged to give $100 million over a 10-year period to “organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education.” The initiative will be centered on three areas, namely, social justice, economic justice and education and awareness.
“There is a long history of oppression against Black Americans that holds us back from full participation in American society. We understand that one of the main ways we can change systemic racism is at the polls,” Jordan said.
“We know it will take time for us to create the change we want to see, but we are working quickly to take action for the Black community’s voice to be heard,” he continued.