PUMA has a special pack releasing in honor of Black History Month consisting of a few different sneakers as well as some apparel and accessories.

This Black History Month Collection from PUMA was inspired by Olympic athlete and PUMA ambassador Tommie Smith. Tommie Smith made history by winning the 200m sprint in the 1968 Olympics in under 20 seconds. The story goes that while stepping onto the medal podium to receive his honor, Tommie removed his PUMA Suedes to reveal black socks representing poverty and slavery. He then proceeded to raise his fist – “to stand up for human rights and to stand up for black Americans.” With that gesture and with that moment Tommie altered history and began to dedicate his life to change.

The sneakers included in the collection are two pairs of the PUMA Suede and the PUMA Sky II High. Each silhouette is decorated with Tommie Smith’s iconic Olympic silhouette and features colorful graphics and black or grey uppers. What pair from the collection do you like the most? Let us know down in the comments below.

You also may want to watch the video below that features Tommie Smith and Killer Mike, two local Atlanta men committed to change and activism, discuss Tommie’s iconic moment in 1968 and much more.

Author’s Take

Pretty cool dedication to Tommie Smith. All three sneakers have a clean colorway and design but my favorite is the Sky II High.

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