LBJ makes generous donation to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
LeBron James has reportedly donated $2.5 million to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, to support an exhibit in honor of Muhammad Ali called "Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change".
Speaking with USA Today, LeBron explained why he decided to make such a generous donation:
"Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring—what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor," LeBron said. "I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it."
LeBron, his foundation and his business partner Maverick Carter join the likes of Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson who have also donated $5 million and $1 million to the museum, respectively.
The museum and Ali's widow, Lonnie Ali praised the Cavs star for his incredible generosity.
"I am overwhelmed by the incredible generosity LeBron James has shown," Ali said. "This exhibit will enable children visiting the Smithsonian to learn more about Muhammad's work outside of the ring, particularly his humanitarian work and stance on social justice for all people...I know that if Muhammad was alive today he would be honored."
His support will help us to continue the story of Muhammad Ali and will encourage athletes to realize how important athletics is in terms of social justice," said the museum's founding director, Lonnie Bunch.
The "Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change" exhibit includes some of the legendary boxer's gear like his training robe and headgear, and also celebrates his "community activism, resistance, politics, spirituality and culture."