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Former Washington Wizards player Michael Jordan at a press conference in January 2020. Photo: Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images

Michael Jordan and Nike’s Jordan Brand will give $1 million to Atlanta-based Morehouse College's journalism and sports program, the institution announced Friday.

Why it matters: The gift to the private and historically Black liberal arts college is part of Jordan Brand's "Black Community Commitment," which seeks to help shape the narrative of the Black experience in media and popular culture.

What they're saying: “Education is crucial for understanding the Black experience today,” Jordan said. “We want to help people understand the truth of our past, and help tell the stories that will shape our future.”

  • “Many people are influenced to think a certain way about Black folks based on what they see on television and in Hollywood. We’ve got to tell our story," he added.

The big picture: Jordan and the Jordan Brand has also donated $3 million over three years to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and $1 million over two years to the the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting.

Go deeper: Michael Jordan pledges $100M to racial equality

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Howard University president says exposure to higher ed critical in closing enrollment gap

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick told Axios at a virtual event Tuesday that it is critical to expose students to higher education early in their life to close the college enrollment gap between white students and Black students.

Why it matters: Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals a stark discrepancy in college enrollment between Black students and white students.

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North Korea claims latest missile test new weapon launched from submarine

North Korean state media claims the country's military fired this missile on Tuesday. Photo: Korean Central News Agency

North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.

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Manchin's massive means test

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is offering progressives a trade: He'll vote for their cherished social programs if they accept strict income caps for the recipients, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: Manchin’s plan to use so-called means-testing for everything from paid family medical leave to elder and disabled care would drastically shrink the size and scope of the programs. It also would bring a key moderate vote to the progressive cause.