Kobe Bryant’s Foundation Donated $1M to Build Museum of African American History

By: Kyle Daniels

Kobe Bryant’s amazing legacy will continue to live through his contributions to the sports world, media industry and in philanthropy.

The NBA legend is listed as a founding donor to the Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation, started by Kobe Bryant, who passed away Sunday, and his wife Vanessa, helped fund the creation of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

On the Museums website, founding donors are “donors who make a commitment of $1 million or more.”

The couples charity was founded in 2006 and was created in an effort to financially support young people in life-changing experiences designed to broaden their global perspectives.

When the museum opened in 2016, Bryant tweeted out this message: “Go. See this. Museum. There is no greater testament to this country than the stories in this building.”

According to CNN, Kobe and Vanessa also strongly supported charities: After-School All-Stars, Make A Wish Foundation and Stand up to Cancer.

Bryant tragically passed in a helicopter accident on Sunday—along side his daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers. Kobe is survived by his wife Vanessa and daughters Natalia, Bianka and Capri.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Bryant family and the families of the other passengers involved.

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