The issue of racial discrimination is at the forefront of the political agenda across the globe, but most notably in the United States of America, following weeks of unrest after violence involving police officers and members of the African-American community.
The recent shootings have sent shockwaves throughout the nation and they caused the most powerful man in basketball, and one of the most well-respected and idolised black men in the world, to step forward and issue a heartfelt and emotional plea on Monday evening as he pledged to donate $2 million to causes close to both sides of the ordeal.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who has found himself heavily involved with events recently, has praised MJ for his 'brilliant' words and believes it was about time a man of his stature stepped forward and made his feelings known.
As per ESPN, the Team USA player said: "I thought it was brilliant and about time that he stepped up and said what he said. At the end of the day, amongst us, he is our face.
"He is an African-American and a very powerful African-American, so for him to step up in the midst of these times right now, it was very big on his behalf. It's not always about the money, but for him to step up and put his money where his mouth is at, the timing was perfect."
Athletes have the power and position to have their voices heard throughout the world and they don't come much bigger than Jordan. If anything is to change within the States, people like MJ, Melo, LeBron James and other athletes - from any race and background - must come together to force social justice.
Development does not happen overnight, but the right people are making the right noise to bring attention to the matters at hand.