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Michael Jordan NAACP Surprised By $1 Mil Donation ... We Just Found Out!

7/25/2016 1:40 PM PDT

Michael Jordan: NAACP Surprised By $1 Mil Donation ... We Just Found Out!

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Talk about one helluva surprise!!! 

The NAACP didn't get a heads-up about Michael Jordan's $1 million donation -- they learned about it Monday, at the same time everyone else did ... and they couldn't be happier! 

"Today, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. was thrilled to learn that Michael Jordan will be making a $1 million grant," the org. said in a statement to TMZ Sports

In fact, the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund president, Sherrilyn Ifill, says, "We are grateful for this support, which will allow us to deepen our engagement on the issue of policing reform at this critical time in our country.”

Jordan went public about the donation this morning in an article for The Undefeated. 

We also spoke with a rep for the other group that got a mil from MJ -- the International Association of Chiefs of Police -- who says they were notified "very late last night."

Bottom line -- both groups say they were incredibly surprised ... and thrilled Jordan selected them to help out. 

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