Michael Jordan


Michael Jordan was born on February 17th, 1963, in Brooklyn, New York. He was said to have a very competitive spirit from a very young age. In college, he was the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and 1984. He was a member of the 1984 Olympic team, which won the gold. He was drafted by the Chicago Bulls his junior year of college, and he chose to leave and play for them. He received the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, averaging 28.2 points per game. He went back to school and finished a bachelor's degree in geography, but continued to play basketball professionally. He gained many endorsements with companies such as Nike, which further increased his fame. In 1993, his father was shot by two teenagers. He then was driven to retire from basketball to pursue baseball, however, he soon returned to basketball. In his basketball career, he received 5 MVP awards, 2 Olympic gold medals, and was inducted into the basketball hall of fame. He has not left the sport entirely, however; he is a majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats and serves as the team's chairman. Michael Jordan, the most decorated player in basketball history, is a great player and very important to the sport.



Michael Jordan has made many great contributions to black issues. When Michael Jordan began playing basketball, it was already integrated. He made a huge impact by playing the sport, and broke many records. However, Michael Jordan's greatest contribution in to black issues is that he has helped to prove that blacks can be executives and CEOs.
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-Michael Jordan is a CEO of a company, and CEO of the Hornets. This makes him the only black majority owner in the NBA.

-MJ also hired and promoted many blacks to higher executive positions within his 'Jordans' Brand

-In doing this, he empowered many black business leaders

-His contribution to race issues has been quiet and subtle, rather than loud and outspoken

-He is now carrying over his trend of hiring and promoting blacks over to franchise ownership

-He is not a "vocal" role model, but and "economic" one