Michael Jordan Pledges $2.5 Million to Legal Defense Organizations and to Protect Black Voting Rights

According to the Brennan Center for Justice, millions of Black voters have fallen victim to strict voter ID laws, which require voters to have a government-issued photo ID to cast a ballot.

States will often argue these regulations help to combat votes being placed under false names, but voter fraud is rare during elections, the Brennan Center says. What is real is that voter ID laws keep millions of Americans who don't have an ID — Americans who are disproportionately people of color  — from voting, according to the group.

Jordan Brand — a subsidiary of Nike — said the three groups who received funds were chosen "based on their ability to take action that can create impact now."

"The $100 million commitment was just the start. We are moving from commitment to action. Our initial partners can directly impact the social and political well-being of the Black community," Craig Williams, President of Jordan Brand, said in a statement. "We will have a disciplined focus on social justice, economic justice and education, as the most effective ways for us to eliminate the systemic racism that remains in society."

Jordan isn't the only basketball personality to turn their attention to helping Black voters — in June, LeBron James helped to form the nonprofit, More Than a Vote, to thwart voter suppression efforts ahead of the election.

James formed the group with a mix of current and former NBA players including Draymond Green, Stephen Jackson, Jalen Rose, Eric Bledsoe, Trae Young, Alvin Kamara, Udonis Haslem and Sam Perkins. WNBA star Skylar Diggins-Smith and comedian Kevin Hart also joined.

To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:

• Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.

• ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.

• National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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