Despite not being signed on to play in the NFL in 2017, Colin Kaepernick was recently gifted Amnesty International’s highest honor.
The global human rights organization announced on Saturday that the former San Franciso 49er is the 2018 recipient of its distinguished Ambassador of Conscience Award. The title “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice.”
Most notably in 2016, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games. His silent protest aimed to draw attention to the ongoing problem of police violence against black U.S citizens. His actions sparked notable movements in schools and institutions worldwide.
“When high-profile people choose to take a stand for human rights, it emboldens others,” says Augusta Quiney, Amnesty International’s director of Art for Amnesty, a program that works with artists and entertainers on human rights activism. “For us, this is an opportunity to be on the right side of history.”
Past winners of the award include former South African president, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, the education activist from Pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban, and rock group, U2.
We are honored to present this year’s #AmbassadorOfConscience Award to Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7). Colin embodies the true spirit of activism. Thank you, Colin, for refusing to accept racial discrimination and injustice. pic.twitter.com/T9x6MP9unA
— AmnestyInternational (@amnestyusa) April 21, 2018
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Similarly, Colin Kaepernick was also honored with the Muhammed Ali legacy award in 2017.