Celebrating Black Heritage & Joy

Our Black Joy collection reimagines iconic Converse sneakers and classic apparel
to celebrate the outdoors.

Converse Black Joy

Grounded By
Nature

 

Watch the video inspired by the Black Joy collection—which
celebrates the joy, freedom, and perspective found in
the outdoors.

Black Joy Collection

A redefinition and celebration of the Black
community’s relationship to the great outdoors,
this collection—dreamt up and designed by our Black
teammates—is inspired by Mother Nature’s resilience,
excellence, and liberation. Scroll below to meet the
young leaders who are bringing this ethos to life.

Meet The Leaders

 

There’s room for Black Joy in every space—the outdoors included. Meet Naja, Michael, and Gage—three leaders who are
helping to create space and equity for the Black community to connect back to nature.

Naja (She/They)

@najablu
Founder of Yogalittle, surfer, and community wellness leader.

 

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Michael (He/Him)

@michaelwashh
Founder of Usal, a community that provides workshops
across all things nature.

 

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Gage (He/Him)

@gagemcrismond
Founder of Ebony Beach Club, surfer, and
multidisciplinary creative.

 

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More From The Collection

Iconic styles, reimagined to celebrate Black Joy in the outdoors.

Community Commitment

Community Commitment

 

Since 2015, Converse has proudly donated nearly $3.7 million in grants to support the
Black community. Our grassroots efforts are in addition to a collective $40 million commitment from
our NIKE, Inc. family dedicated to ending systemic racism. Read on to see how we’re breaking
down barriers at home in Boston and beyond.

Celebrating Black Heritage & Joy

Our Black Joy collection reimagines iconic Converse sneakers and classic apparel to celebrate the outdoors.

Grounded By Nature

Watch the video inspired by the Black Joy collection—which celebrates the joy, freedom, and perspective found outdoors.

Black Joy Collection

A redefinition and celebration of the Black community's relationship to the great outdoors, this collection—dreamt up and designed by our Black teammates—is inspired by Mother Nature's resilience, excellence, and liberation. Scroll below to meet the young leaders who are bringing this ethos to life.

Meet The Leaders

There's room for Black Joy in every space—the outdoors included. Meet Naja, Michael, and Gage—three leaders who are helping to create space and equity for the Black community to connect back to nature.

Partners In Community Impact

In the past year, we’ve also worked with community partners to break down barriers for young people
through social justice partnerships in our hometown of Boston. Learn more about their work below.

ACLU of MA
The ACLU of Massachusetts—a private, nonpartisan organization with more than 82,000 supporters across the Commonwealth and over 100,000 online activists—is a state affiliate of the national ACLU.

Artists for Humanity
Artists for Humanity employs under-resourced teens in jobs spanning art and design-building equity through creativity.

The Base
The Base provides urban youth with best-in-class sports, academics, career resources, and health and wellness programming to create pathways to their success.

Chica Project
Chica project offers a culturally affirming and asset based program that supports and equips Black and Brown young women (ages 11-18) with the tools necessary to thrive personally and professionally.

Embrace Boston
Embrace Boston works at the intersection of arts, culture, research, and policy to dismantle structural racism.

Hyde Square Task Force
Hyde Square Task Force amplifies the voices and creativity of young Afro-LatinX individuals, connecting them with their culture and heritage.

MFA - Museum of Fine Arts Boston Teen Curatorial Study Hall
MFA Boston Curatorial Study Hall offers paid opportunities for young people to learn about, and build career skills through, the arts.

New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund
The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF) is a funding and support resource for Black, Latino, and Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators, and nonprofits in Massachusetts.

OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
Originations Cultural Arts Center offers dynamic performing arts programs that help maximize the potential of young people from Boston's underserved neighborhoods.

The Possible Zone
The Possible Zone Advances economic equity by ensuring young people develop the entrepreneurial spirit, skills, and networks to launch successful careers.

The Theater Offensive
Theater Offensive presents liberating art by, for, and about queer and trans people of color, aiming to transcend boundaries, celebrate cultural abundance, and dismantle oppression.

More From The Collection

Iconic styles, reimagined to celebrate Black Joy in the outdoors.

Community
Commitment

Since 2015, Converse has proudly donated nearly $3.7 million in grants to support the Black community. Our grassroots efforts are in addition to a collective $40 million commitment from our NIKE, Inc. family dedicated to ending systemic racism. Read on to see how we’re breaking down barriers at home in Boston and beyond.

Partners In
Community Impact

In the past year, we've also worked with community partners to break down barriers for young people through social justice partnerships in our hometown of Boston. Learn more about their work below.

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