The Memphis Grizzlies have partnered with the National Civil Rights Museum to wear a special “MLK50” Pride uniform for the upcoming season, the team announced.
The new jerseys will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. The team will wear the uniforms as they play against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 15.
“We’re deeply honored to work with our longstanding partners at the National Civil Rights Museum to help them launch the commemorations building towards the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination,” Grizzlies president of business operations Jason Wexler said in a statement. “The MLK50 Pride uniform to be worn for the first time on January 15th during our annual weekend Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration is a means of both furthering our partnership with the National Civil Rights Museum and creating awareness of the Museum’s vital message of social and economic justice in our city, our nation and the world.”
The black jerseys will have "Memphis" printed across the chest with the typeface from the Lorraine Motel's typeface. The "sea foam" lines on the side of the uniform are meant to replicate the railing and exterior walkways of the historic hotel and museum. The color is from the room where Dr. King spent his last days.
A wreath will be feature on the neckline as a reminder of Dr. King's sacrifice and work for social justice and equality.
The uniforms will be available to purchase from Adidas on Jan. 1.