The Grizzlies are set to open their 16th season in the Bluff City with an eye toward social responsibility.
The Grizzlies and the National Civil Rights Museum hosted a conversation Wednesday on how sports weaves into the fabric of social justice at the National Civil Rights Museum.
As part of the event, the Grizzlies unveiled their new MLK50 Pride uniform, which will debut as part of the Martin Luther King celebration game on January 15 at FedExForum against the Bulls.
The Memphis branding across the chest represents the iconic Lorraine Motel sign.
The side piping on the jersey and shorts resemble the railing on the hotel balcony at Dr. King's room. The colors are basic black with green accents. There is a white and red wreath under the neckline.
The New Uni helps tip off remembrance of the 50th Anniversary of King's Assassination in Memphis, and will be worn at several games during February Black History Month.
Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale, along with veteran forward Vince Carter, joined NCRM president Terri Lee Freeman and museum board member J.R. Pitt Hyde in the discussion.
Their focus: Be Concerned. Be Educated. Be Active.
The Martin Luther King game being moved to Sunday from its traditional Monday date won't stop the Grizzlies from engaging their community.
"We're going out into the community that next day when, usually, the game is being played." said Fizdale. "And we're going to do what Dr. King set out for everybody to do, is get out and serve the community. And so instead of playing a basketball game, we're going to get our hands dirty."
"I think, coming here, I've played on now, this is my 6th team, but I have an appreciation for wearing this uniform here in Memphis because of the great history and what it's about," Cater said. "My friends, my family have all been in this building, right here."
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