In celebration of the 36th anniversary of Black History Month, Nike is introducing a new, limited-edition 2012 Black History Month Collection featuring premium footwear from Nike Basketball and Nike Sportswear, along with select apparel.
The collection celebrates the achievements and pioneering spirit of three important teams: 1996 USA Basketball Women’s team, 2002 Brazil Men’s Soccer team, and the 2008 Kenyan Long-Distance running team. These teams answered the call to greatness and their legacy continues to uplift and inspire their communities.
Nike designers developed a signature graphic print and distinct colors that are featured on the shoes. This motif is inspired by the vibrant colors of International African culture, drawing visual cues from Kenyan beads, to the Brazilian Carnivale, to African-American quilt making which originated in the southern United States.
Select basketball shoes in the 2012 Black History Month collection includes the Nike Zoom KD IV, Nike Kobe VII System Supreme and LeBron 9 — all feature the pattern with dark grey as the base color of each shoe.
Nike Sportswear shoes include the Nike Air Force 1, Nike Air Max 1, Nike Blazer and 2012 Nike Huarache Free. In addition to the shoes, select apparel styles include the Nike Destroyer jacket, T-shirt and snapback hat.
In previous years, Black History Month offerings from Nike were only available to select friends and family. 2012 is the first time that Nike has put together an entire collection (they’ve previously done tees and AF1′s at most) and offered the items for retail sale, but not without the intentions of contributing to the community. In keeping with a tradition of honoring this holiday by giving back to organizations that work to inspire youth towards greatness, Nike, Inc. will make a financial contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
The Nike Black History Month Collection will be available at select retailers such as our homies at Rock City Kicks Fayetteville and Nice Kicks, and online at NikeStore.com beginning February 11.
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