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2017 BHM and MLK Sneakers

Basketball celebrates Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama’s Presidency

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NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers
New Orleans Solomon Hill sporting his NBA MLK Day shirt
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February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month. Starting with Martin Luther King Jr. Day until through the end of February, athletic brands usually celebrate by releasing special colorways of sneakers and other unique clothing items. In return, these athletic brands give at least part of their proceeds to related charities. Below is a look at what these brands have in store for us this year.


For the last few years adidas has released BHM collections that honor an influential African-American athlete. In 2017 they are celebrating Arthur Ashe. Ashe was the first male African-American tennis player to win the U.S. Open and Wimbledon. This collection features special colorways in the Dame 3, Harden Vol. 1, and D Rose 7 sneakers. It also includes some all white clothing that gives a nod to Ashe’s tennis days.


NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Indiana Pacers
Paul George in his special MLK Day sneakers
Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Nike athletes wore all matte black PE (player exclusive) sneakers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. These all black shoes will not be released to the public. However, Nike does plan on debuting special Black History Month sneakers later in February - so stay tuned. If you don’t want to wait to buy some Nike BHM merchandise, Nike is currently selling Equality. shirts to celebrate. These shirts are solid black with Equality. written in white across the chest and cost from $20 to $35.

Under Armour

Under Armour celebrated MLK day with a pair of Curry 3’s that paid tribute to Barack Obama and his time as President of the United States. Unfortunately Under Armour hasn’t released these to the public, and as of now there isn’t a hint as to whether or not Under Armour will release anything else for Black History Month.