AAMU alumna is designer of first Alabama A&M Nike shoe

Jennifer Gray
Jennifer Gray, the Alabama A&M alumna behind the new design. (Alabama A&M University)

Alabama A&M University alumna, Jennifer Gray, has designed the first Nike shoe inspired by her alma mater. Gray’s design represents one of five HBCUs selected to be a part of the popular brand’s fourth YardRunner campaign.

One of five new designs in Nike’s Terminator High line

Alabama A&M Nike shoes
A fashionable ensemble of the school’s maroon and white colors. (Alabama A&M University)

Also included in this year’s collection, called Terminator High, is Morehouse College, Spelman College, Tuskegee University and Tennessee State University. 

Gray says she was contacted by Howard University alumnus and Nike YardRunner founder Richard Palmer to take part in the new design series. She had previously participated in the YardRunner campaign in 2021.

Proudly representing Alabama A&M

Jennifer Gray, designer of the first Alabama A&M Nike shoes
Gray graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. (Alabama A&M University)

“With tremendous honor, I am very grateful and elated to be the designer behind this project. Being the first-ever AAMU shoe designer who collaborated with Nike was a thrill.”

Jennifer Gray, AAMU alumna

This campaign was implemented to help increase exposure of HBCUs, so this is very exciting new for both AAMU and Gray herself who is currently a hardware engineer at Lockheed Martin in Atlanta.

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