The Michigan Wolverines made their voices heard off of the field this offseason during peaceful protests of racism and inequality in Ann Arbor over the summer. Now, their message will move to the field starting with Saturday’s game at Minnesota.
The athletic department revealed the decal that will be worn on the winged helmets this season on Thursday afternoon with the effort to bring this to the playing field led by students. It will feature the word “EQUALITY” with six fists raised in the air, all of different skin tones to reflect the diversity in the U-M and Ann Arbor communities. There will be two designs that will be featured on uniforms, equipment and warmups for all varsity programs throughout the 2020-21 seasons.
Equality.— Michigan Football (@UMichFootball) October 22, 2020
The Wolverines will wear a decal featuring the word "EQUALITY" with six raised fists, each depicting a skin tone to reflect the diversity represented in our community and express a campus commitment to unity.
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“Athletes wearing this decal demonstrates our role in our community,” senior defensive end Kwity Paye, who is majoring in AfroAmerican and African Studies at Michigan, said. “It is a chance for us to be able to contribute to increasing awareness about social injustice, and it’s great for those watching to see our passion so they can be aware of it as well.”
Seven other slogans and themes were approved by the U-M athletes that may also be seen on warmups this year.
- Stand Together
- WAR (Wolverine Against Racism)
- Say Their Names
- No Justice, No Peace
- Hear Us
Our first look at Michigan’s helmet decal comes Saturday during the football game at Minnesota, which is set for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.