The National Museum of African American History and Culture announced a $5 million gift Monday from basketball icon and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, the largest contribution from the sports world to the newest Smithsonian institution, The Washington Post reports. A section of the museum’s gallery on sports will be called the Michael Jordan Hall and will include a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA Finals, donated by his former team, the Chicago Bulls.
The donation brings to $278 million the amount the museum, slated to open September 24 in Washington, has raised from private sources. Most of the money has come from a small group of major donors. Following Mr. Jordan’s gift last month of $2 million to police and civil-rights groups addressing racial tension, the museum donation shows him shedding his longtime reluctance to publicly address social issues and evolving “from global superstar to genuine cultural institution,” Yahoo Sports writes.