Brandon Richard, Senior Writer
Urged to "shut up and dribble" by his detractors, LeBron James continues to do exactly the opposite, regularly using his platform to speak out against the injustices imposed on the African American community. During a game against the Washington Wizards in D.C. on Dec. 17, 2017, James took the court in mismatched black and white Nike LeBron 15s featuring the word "Equality" embroidered in gold across the heels. The shoes were worn in the nation's capital as a not-so-subtle message to Donald Trump and those who reinforce his bigoted rhetoric. At the top of this month, it was announced that the exact game-worn pair will be on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture this fall. Additionally, 59 students from across the country were selected to travel to the museum for the announcement, all while James was in his hometown of Akron opening a school. A man with lofty business aspirations, James doesn't let the fear of backlash stand in the way of what he believes is his duty to the millions of fans, particularly children, across the globe who value his voice. We are all witnesses to his piece of history, which is officially being recognized by one of the world's most prestigious museums.