Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated the third Monday of January (the 17th this year) to mark his January 15 birthday, but more importantly to remember the contributions of the United States’ most storied civil rights advocate.
President Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later, but it wasn’t until 2000 that the holiday was officially observed in all 50 states. With the advent of social media, the sports world has been actively boosting the holiday for some years now…
REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING
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Today, the NBA will tip off leaguewide celebrations honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. NBA teams playing Jan. 16–20 will wear custom Nike MLK Day warmup shirts designed in collaboration with the NBPA, MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III. The Dri-FIT T-shirt features words from MLK’s timeless speech on Aug. 28, 1963: “We cannot walk alone. And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” Available for sale on @NBAStore, all NBA proceeds will go to the @ncrmuseum in Memphis, TN.