Nike’s Black History Month Collection

Before we get into it, let’s have a moment of silence for the late great Don Cornelius, cultural pioneer and legendary Soul Train icon.

His impact on African American culture is arguably as fundamental as the works of some of the greatest civil right activists.  Black History Month, generally a time of celebration, has began on a somber if not entirely heartbreaking note.  Yet, for all the sadness connected to this tragic passing, it’s better to look at all the beautiful things Don did for African American culture and identity.  Though he will be missed, I am appreciative to have laid witness to such a great figure- R.I.P. Don Cornelius.

For 2012 Nike seems to be pulling out all the stops by featuring a Black History Month pack that is both highly detailed, but also beautifully subdued.  The stars of this show are the Nike KD IV, Kobe VII, and Lebron IX, which feature similar color blocking and design cues.  However, as evidenced by previously released images, each shoe has its own proverbial ‘soul’, as they utilize the 2012 BHM design cues in different ways, with different materials and textures native to each sneaker.  Take a peek at the latest images and contemplate a future purchase, as each sneaker is set to release on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at select Nike retailers.

 

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