Kobe Bryant's Legacy Lives On In D.C.

January 27, 2020

Kobe Bryant once said "The most important thing is to try and inspire people so that they can be great at whatever they want to do." 

His words stand even more stark in light of his recent death.

The superstar died in a helicoptor crash among seven other people including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

Kobe truly lived his life to inspire others both on and off the court.

His legacy in D.C. lives on through his contribution to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as in the hearts of fans and those who loved him.

Both he and his wife, Vanessa Bryant, were founding donors for the museum, donating between $1 and $2 million through the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation.

The museum paid tribute to the late athlete on Twitter.

"We mourn the loss of five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant. Our thoughts are with the Bryant family and also the families of the other passengers," the tweet read.

Kobe even tweeted back in 2016 encouraging fans to visit the museum.

"Go. See. This. Museum. There is no greater testament to this country than the stories in this building. Honored to be a part of it," he wrote.

Kobe Bryant's life has been honored around the city, even getting love on the digital Metrobus display.

A prayer vigil will be held to honor his life Friday, January 31 at the African American Civil War Memorial at 5 p.m.


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