The Memphis Grizzlies unveiled their new City Edition Nike uniform on Grizzlies.com and in a press release from the team today. The new uniforms from Nike were inspired by the history that shaped a movement and the City of Memphis. The ‘MLK50’ City Edition uniforms are a remembrance of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination and they will debut on January 15th against the Los Angeles Lakers in a game that will be aired on TNT.
From the press release-
“The story behind the uniforms dates all the way back to February 1, 1968, when two Memphis Sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker were crushed to death by a garbage truck. This incident and years of dangerous working conditions led black sanitation workers to strike. This strike coined the slogan ‘I Am A Man’ and eventually brought Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Memphis only weeks later to march alongside the protestors. It was on that very trip that he was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel on April 4, 1968. “
The Memphis on the front is inspired by the slogan ‘I Am A Man’, the signs that were made, and intended to pay remembrance and respect to the events and those individuals in 1968 who for social and economic injustice in Memphis. You can see the black and white uniform, the tall and bold ‘M’ on the shorts, and the Beale blue color accents in the Grizzlies bear.