These customs were created using the poem Invictus as an inspiration and what it means to me. There is also a nod to this shoe subtle similarities to the "Watch The Throne" LeBron 9. The poem became mantra to me when I pledged to become a Distinguished Brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. One of our most well known Brothers is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement. As Alpha Men were taught to always "seek the light". "Invictus" makes me think of seeking the light in everything, always fighting to for what is right, and finding my way out of dark times.
This shoe uses black and gold to represent my Fraternity, reflective paint to represent "the light", and the BHM print in an "inside-out" configuration. I put my heart and focus into these, and they carry some great meaning. I hope those who purchase them also stand up for what is right and always seek the light. Let the poem "Invictus" also become your mantra.
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Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed. Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.