Over the past two years, the Jordan Brand and Swoosh have demonstrated a commitment to the black community unlike ever before.And while the Oregon-based group has some initiatives in motion, efforts like the Nike Dunk Low for Clark Atlanta University are the ones grabbing the most attention.
Part of a larger footwear collection dedicated to some of the nation’s historically black colleges/universities (HBCUs), the recently revealed pair represent the South.As the first HBCU in the southern states, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has been instrumental in attracting and cultivating black intellectuals, athletes, and professionals since the late 19th century.The school’s student body, known as the Panthers, walked away from their time at CAU with a motto printed on the laces of Nike dunks: “Find a way or create one.”
Research University’s official colors are neatly arranged in the sneaker’s upper and sole unit, with gray and black setting the stage for bold reds and school-specific accents.A brutal Panther logo graces the outsole, along with the pair’s tongue label, giving a semi-translucent finish that reveals the athletics program’s respected mascot.The year “1988” is embroidered at Dunk’s heel, when Atlanta University and Clark College consolidated to become the institution it is today.
Nike SNKRS launch details are yet to be revealed by the brand, but that is likely to change soon.In the meantime, enjoy images of the pair ahead, courtesy of Instagram user @knowing_kicks.
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