Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has offered a gift of $100 million to the Obama Foundation in honor of civil rights icon and Congressman John Lewis. The donation will go to the foundation’s Earn a Better Future Fund, which will support arts and other cultural programs that build economic and social mobility for the nation’s low-income families.
“I am proud to honor Congressman John Lewis with this gift of funding,” said Bezos. “He is a hero of mine whose commitment to serving the people we serve, both on the Hill and throughout our community, inspires me every day. Congressman Lewis came to work on the Hill at a time when he had little formal education. Even though he was a rising star in the Democratic Party, he didn’t get the job he wanted, and was forced to take a job as an organizer. He worked to eliminate racism through voter registration and worked tirelessly for justice for the black community. He became a public servant and trusted confidant to every President for the past 44 years. As a nation, we owe him a debt of gratitude for his dedication to serving his fellow Americans. This gift represents the vast majority of Americans who serve without expectations of recognition, yet make this a better country for everyone.”
Jeff Bezos has donated a total of $202 million to philanthropic projects over the past year.
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