WWE superstar Big E has announced a new shirt available using original artwork, and all the proceeds will benefit the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Not only is it a great design, but it’s a powerful one by Julius Hutchins, whose art can be found on Instagram @dorowot.
The design is inspired by a moment from some weeks ago on SmackDown where then-SmackDown Tag Team Champions The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) slid into the ring and took a knee before raising their fists in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the all too numerous Black men and women who have lost their lives to police violence.
The piece, which is now available as a t-shirt because the original artwork has been sold with proceeds benefiting the same cause, features not only the powerful imagery of Big E and Kofi Kingston but names and phrases central to Black Lives Matter and this movement.
“I Can’t Breathe” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” can be seen, as well as the names of Sandra Bland, George Floyd, Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, and many more who all deserve to be remembered and were taken from us too soon by the police.
The shirt is available at newday.downrightmerchinc.com for $25, or a few extra dollars for larger sizes. It truly is a magnificent design, but the cause it’s going towards is even more important.
As stated on their website:
"“The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.”"
It’s great to see Big E supporting such an important cause and also uplifting a skilled Black artist along the way. If you’re able, definitely head to the website and grab a shirt, but if you’re not able to afford one make sure to spread the word on Twitter and other social media outlets so that this powerful piece can continue to uplift by benefiting an important cause.