Nike Launch 2018 EQUALITY BHM Collection

Nike has a long history of speaking up for causes that reflect its values. That continues today with EQUALITY, Nike’s ongoing effort to encourage people to take the fairness and respect they see in sport and translate them off the field.

The EQUALITY initiative is centered on using the power of sport to inspire people to take action in their communities, with Nike leading by example with its partnerships with world-class organizations dedicated to advancing this work.

Supporting these values, EQUALITY delivers on the brand’s ongoing partnership with MENTOR (the leading national organization in ensuring quality youth mentoring relationships and connecting volunteers to opportunities in their communities) and PeacePlayers International (a global organization focused on bridging divides in communities by developing youth leaders, building relationships and changing perceptions) to drive change within communities.

In 2017, the initiative’s inaugural year, Nike also donated $5 million to numerous organizations that advance equality in communities across the U.S., including MENTOR, PeacePlayers and the Ever Higher Fund.

Nike’s 2018 EQUALITY BHM Collection

Using the power of sport to inspire and uplift, Nike’s EQUALITY products support inclusion for everyone by providing a platform for all athletes to celebrate and participate in this movement. The 2018 EQUALITY collection includes footwear, apparel and accessories in black or white with gold accents.

Additionally, select styles feature graphics derived from cymatics, the visualization of sound waves, drawn from a recording of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech (specifically, his “I have a dream” and “created equal” soundbites). This was accomplished by using a cymatic camera to capture photos of the sound waves as those sounds passed through water.

NBA teams playing January 11-15 wore the Nike “I Have a Dream” Tee during warm-ups, which was designed with the MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III. It will be available early February.

Another way Nike supports equality for all is with its annual Black History Month (BHM) collection that celebrates black heritage around the world by fueling community action to create positive change.

The colors used in the latest BHM collection, which is highlighted by three signature basketball offerings and includes running and Nike Sportswear footwear as well as Jordan Brand apparel and accessories, were inspired by the Pan-African flag (Pan-Africanism is a worldwide intellectual movement that aims to encourage and strengthen the bond of solidarity between all people of African descent).

Select shoes in the BHM collection feature a specific date on which someone stood up for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion, changing the landscape to move the world forward.

The Shoes

EQUALITY Air Force 1 Low / August 28, 1963: On this day, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The hangtag includes “created equal” cymatics on one side and “I Have a Dream. That one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed.” written on the other. The shoe launches January 15.

 

Air Jordan I High EQUALITY: Carmelo Anthony has been very vocal in his fight against social injustice. His love for the city of Baltimore and the work he has done for that community inspired this shoe. It will be available January 15. 


Air Jordan 1 Flyknit BHM / November 22, 2016: The day (which is printed on the insole) Michael Jordan was rewarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the nation’s highest civilian honor that celebrates extraordinary individuals who have pushed for progress — from President Barack Obama. The shoe will be available February 1

KDX BHM / May 6, 2104: The day Kevin Durant gave his MVP speech, where he said, “I’d like to thank God for changing my life and letting me really realize what life is all about. Basketball is just a platform in order for me to inspire people.” That speech, where he talked about how he came from meager beginnings and credited his mother with making him who he is today, is recognized as one of the most impactful MVP speeches of all time because it focused more on community than his accomplishments. The shoe will be worn by NBA players on court on January 15 as well as throughout the month of February. It will be available January 15.
LeBron XV BHM / July 13, 2016: The date of the 2016 ESPYs, where LeBron James publically called his fellow athletes to action, prompting them to use their fame to heal a country divided by racism, injustice and gun violence. “Speak up. Use our influence. And renounce all violence,” he said. “We all have to do better.” The shoe will be worn by NBA players on court on January 15 as well as throughout the month of February. It will be available in men’s and kids’ sizes January 15.

 

Kyrie 4 BHM: Kyrie Irving didn’t want a date on his BHM shoe. That’s because he says he doesn’t want to look at the past. He wants to change and inspire the future. The shoe will be worn by NBA players on court in January and throughout the month of February. It will be available in men’s and kids’ sizes January 15.

 

EQUALITY Mercurial Vapor XI: Kevin-Prince Boateng will wear this special boot on pitch on January 13, while Dani Alves will wear it later that week. It will be available January 15.
Air Vapormax Flyknit BHM / August 20, 1993:  The day Gail Devers broke boundaries by earning gold for winning the IAAF 100-meter World Championship title in Stuttgart, thus cementing a commemorative moment for women in sport. Her record still stands today. The shoe will be available February 1.

 

Links

https://www.nike.com/

http://mentoring.org/

http://www.peaceplayers.org/

http://everhigherfund.org/

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