BOSTON, MA – In recognition of Black History Month, the Red Sox Foundation today announced a $250,000 donation to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C. to support the Sports and Museum’s Race and Advancement of Black Year-Round History and Culture. The museum created the Sports and Race Initiative (SRI) to recognize that sports provide a unique entry point into the African American experience.
“Black History Month is an opportunity to learn about our past to ensure a better future,” said Bekah Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation and executive vice president of the Red Sox for social impact. “Elevating and supporting an institution charged with honoring Black history and culture is an ideal way to achieve this goal. We are proud to contribute to the NMAAHC’s efforts to highlight the contributions of African American athletes to ensure their stories are known and celebrated. We hope this donation will contribute to their ongoing efforts to provide thoughtful exhibits and programs to visitors from across the country and around the world.
The NMAAHC is the largest and most comprehensive cultural destination devoted exclusively to documenting African American life, history, and culture. It was created by an act of Congress in 2003, after decades of efforts to promote and showcase the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected over 40,000 artifacts and close to 100,000 people have become members. The museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th museum of the Smithsonian Institution.