The Jonathan Logan Family Foundation has given MLK50: Justice Through Journalism $100,000 to support its work. 

“It is an honor to help celebrate MLK50’s fifth anniversary and its fierce commitment to investigative journalism that holds power and wealth to account for the citizens of Memphis. We love a women-led nonprofit newsroom that disrupts the status quo,” said Jonathan Logan, president & CEO of the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation.

The foundation supports a mix of organizations and projects, including documentary films and photography books, that it believes advances social justice. “We expect the foundation to be a catalyst for ideas and actions that illuminate the world and create positive change,” its website says. “We support organizations for which our grants will make a significant difference.”

Among its journalism grantees are The Marshall Project, a nonprofit that explores the criminal justice system; the nonprofit news network Institute for Nonprofit News; and Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, in support of its effort to digitize its Black press archives. The Logan Foundation also supported “Fannie Lou Hamer’s America,” a documentary shown in February on PBS, as well as an exhibit about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. 

“MLK50 is thrilled to receive this investment from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation and to partner with them to expand our local, community-driven investigative journalism,” said MLK50 founder Wendi C. Thomas. “JLFF has a longstanding reputation for supporting trailblazing organizations and we are excited to be among them.”

Logan’s support brings the number of MLK50’s national funders to nine. The others are Surdna Foundation, the Racial Equity in Journalism Fund at Borealis Philanthropy, the Emerson Collective, Democracy Fund, Ford Foundation, Report for America, Inasmuch Foundation and the American Journalism Project.

This story is brought to you by MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit newsroom focused on poverty, power and policy in Memphis. Support independent journalism by making a tax-deductible donation today. MLK50 is also supported by these generous donors.

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