Miami Heat's Ray Allen is certainly more than just a basketball player plying his trade in the NBA, he is a freedom and liberty fighter.
A few days after getting praise from US President Barack Obama, Allen has now set his sights on displaying his designed shooting shirts that will commemorate Black History Month.
Allen worked closely with the NBA on this project, and teams will wear the clothing for certain games during the month, with both Martin Luther King Jr and Frederick Douglass expected to be prominent on the jersey.
Speaking to FoxNews, he explained, "It's another celebration that we can improve on to try to create greater awareness, talking about where we've come as a people, as a league and as a country," Allen said. "It's an opportunity to talk about a great leader of the past, but even Martin Luther King, what he fought for was civil liberties not just for black people, but for all people. So to me, Black History Month has always been about equality of all people."
Allen's Miami Heat will play in Luther King's birthplace on Monday, and that fact resonates with the NBA's all-time leading 3-point shooter.
"I was there once before for Martin Luther King Day. It was pretty poignant to be there," added Allen. "It just seems so full-circle for us to know this is where we are. The significance for us as black men, you almost have to take a look at yourself and say how much is Martin in me and how much do I make a change or make a difference in the world I live in."