By Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III
Can we be honest for a moment and say that Black history isn’t so popular within the educational system? Every year during the month of February, students learn about the contributions Blacks have made on the shores of the United States of America. In addition to what they learn, they are reminded of the struggle many still face in today’s world.
Last year, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture officially opened in Washington, D.C. After years of planning, the museum is set out to help people from all walks of life understand the plight of Black people. Those with a desire to learn about the history of Blacks will undoubtedly become more enlightened.
As you know, it takes money to keep a museum running. Without financial contributors, all of the hard work will not last.
Everyone who follows basketball knows how great LeBron James is on the court. In addition to be great on the court, his love of giving back is just as impressive as his on-court performance.
James recently announced that he will be donating $2.5 million to the Muhammad Ali: A Force For Change exhibit at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture.
In a story published in theGrio, “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,” said James.
Lonnie Bunch, the founding museum director said, “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.”
James’ contribution shows that one can make a difference outside the confines of basketball.
Dr. Sinclair N. Grey III is a speaker, author, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey.org