LeBron James Honors Muhammad Ali, Donates $2,500,000 to Smithsonian Exhibit

On Thursday, James announced that he is making the huge donation to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture to honor Ali’s legacy.

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The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., just got a king-size donation.

On Thursday, King James, aka LeBron James, announced that he is giving the newly opened museum a $2.5 million donation to support an exhibit honoring Muhammad Ali, the Associated Press reports.

“Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali,” James said. “His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation. I am honored to partner with the Smithsonian to celebrate one of the most influential figures in our nation’s history, who, along with Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens, used the power of sports to advance our civil rights.”

“Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change” opened in September and includes Ali’s headgear and the training robe worn at Dundee’s Fifth Street Gym in Miami, where Ali often trained. The exhibit celebrates Ali’s athletic talent but also showcases his community activism, politics, spirituality and culture, AP reports. Ali died of complications from Parkinson’s disease in June. He was 74.

“I am overwhelmed by the incredible generosity LeBron James has shown,” Ali’s wife, Lonnie, 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.”

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