Kobe Bryant Honored At The Smithsonian
The late Kobe Bryant has been honored by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. A jersey and pair of shoes worn by Kobe during the 2008 NBA Finals has been added to an exhibit titled ‘Sports: Leveling the Playing Field’. Other black athletes highlighted in the exhibit include Colin Kaepernick and Muhammad Ali. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant are founding donors of the museum, donating $1 million towards its construction ahead of the grand opening in 2016.
Kobe Bryant’s “Black Mamba” mentality propelled him to the upper echelon of sports and inspired millions of people around the world. Bryant played twenty seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers— winning five NBA championships, two NBA Finals MVP awards, and one league MVP award. pic.twitter.com/phwEtjcuN5
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