Ahead of Martin Luther King Jr Day, the NBA will begin honouring the life and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The NBA has been at the forefront of the fight for social justice. The league, throughout last season and even into the offseason, has been very vocal when it comes to supporting movements, such as BLM, that support and amplify voices to advocate for racial equality. The NBA season has restarted and the support is just as strong.
Beginning Wednesday and throughout the weekend, NBA's teams, coaches, and players will continue to use their platforms to amplify voices through conversations surrounding race and equality and encourage others to take action as well honouring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
All 30 NBA teams will honor Dr. MLK’s fight for justice. Teams playing Jan. 14–18 will wear Nike warm-up shirts designed in collaboration with the NBPA, MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III.
The front of the t-shirt features words from MLK’s timeless “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963, “NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE JUSTICE A REALITY FOR ALL,” while the back reads “HONOR KING” with the lettering adorned with Dr. King Jr.’s signature. Both messages are printed in a font derived from the carrying signs used in Dr. King Jr.’s memorial march on April 8, 1968.
The Atlanta Hawks will also be wearing MLK Nike City Edition uniforms.