Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be one of eight people honored by Harvard University next month with the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.
“The medal honors those who have made significant contributions to African and African American history and culture, and more broadly, individuals who advocate for intercultural understanding and human rights in an increasingly global and interconnected world,” the university said.
Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem before NFL games in 2016 as his way to protest racial injustice and extrajudicial killings of black men in America. It spread across the league, causing many people, including President Donald Trump, to counter that protesting players were disrespecting the American flag and troops.
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