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Jeff Bezos donates $100M to the Obama Foundation in honor of Congressman John Lewis



This news story was published on November 22, 2021.
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Former President Barack Obama

CHICAGO — The Obama Foundation announced Jeff Bezos is giving $100M – the largest individual contribution received to date—in honor of civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis, and to help expand the scope of programming that reaches emerging leaders in the United States and around the world. As part of the gift, Bezos has asked for the Plaza at the Obama Presidential Center to be named the John Lewis Plaza. The Plaza is an important amenity to the surrounding community and will welcome nearly a million visitors a year.

“John believed in the power of ordinary people to do extraordinary things,” said Michael Collins, Trustee, John R. Lewis Estate. “His life was a testament to this notion and he would be a fierce advocate for the training and support needed to inspire the next generation of leaders to follow in his footsteps.”

The Obama Foundation’s mission is to inspire, empower, and connect emerging domestic and global leaders to change their respective communities and the world. Through the gift from Bezos the next generation of emerging leaders will be provided the necessary tools, resources, and training needed to be the change they want to see in the world, just as Congressman Lewis did.

Jeff Bezos via Twiter

“Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of heroes, and I can’t think of a more fitting person to honor with this gift than John Lewis, a great American leader and a man of extraordinary decency and courage,” said Jeff Bezos. “I’m thrilled to support President and Mrs. Obama and their Foundation in its mission to train and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

With the gift from Bezos, the Foundation is seeking to change the paradigm around naming public spaces within the Center, using it as an opportunity to give donors the option to honor and elevate the names of those who have fought for a more just and equitable world. Dedicated public spaces at the Center will honor civil rights icons, social justice heroes, and changemakers in public service, business and entertainment.

“We believe that there is incredible power in lifting up the names of extraordinary change agents upon whose shoulders we all stand, and we are thrilled by Mr. Bezos’ offer to name our magnificent Plaza in honor of John Lewis,” said Obama Foundation CEO Valerie Jarrett. “What’s more, Mr. Bezos’ generous unrestricted gift will enable us to help train a new generation of leaders through programs including the Girls Opportunity Alliance, My Brother’s Keeper, and our Global Leaders Program, while also supporting the Foundation’s Hometown Fund, which invests in the expansion of economic development opportunities for residents of Chicago’s South Side.”

More information on the Obama Foundation’s domestic and global programming can be found here.

The Obama Presidential Center broke ground in September of 2021 and is expected to be completed by 2025.

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10 Responses to Jeff Bezos donates $100M to the Obama Foundation in honor of Congressman John Lewis

  1. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 30, 2021 at 8:13 am

    hunter biden is in business with china, to the tune of 30 million.

    • NIT Publisher Reply Report comment

      November 30, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Ivanka got how manY Chinese patents? Coffins, for example (as COVID set in, no less)?

      FROM AP, 2018:

      Taken together, the trademarks could allow her brand to market a lifetime’s worth of products in China, from baby blankets to coffins, and a host of things in between, including perfume, make-up, bowls, mirrors, furniture, books, coffee, chocolate and honey. Ivanka Trump stepped back from management of her brand and placed its assets in a family-run trust, but she continues to profit from the business.

      “Ivanka Trump’s refusal to divest from her business is especially troubling as the Ivanka brand continues to expand its business in foreign countries,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said in an email Monday. “It raises significant questions about corruption, as it invites the possibility that she could be benefiting financially from her position and her father’s presidency or that she could be influenced in her policy work by countries’ treatment of her business.”

      CITED, CLICK HERE

  2. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 23, 2021 at 10:06 am

    “What’s more, Mr. Bezos’ generous unrestricted gift will enable us to help train a new generation of leaders”

    So, we can have more Communists in the government. We will finally have the people great utopia. With my family as one of the politburo.

  3. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 23, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Kenya’s native son, Barry Obumer, sure had that right.
    Never under estimate Joe’s ability to Fck things up!!!

  4. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 23, 2021 at 8:01 am

    Kenya’s native son, Barry Obumer, sure had that right.

  5. Bill Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Is he scared of Joey’s new tax plan?

  6. Bernie Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Who is sucking Who?

  7. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    MAKES ME SICK !!!

  8. Anonymous Reply Report comment

    November 22, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    Who really cares what these 2 Anti America azzholes DO ?