Colin Kaepernick was recognized for his contribution to black history at Harvard University where the former NFL quarterback declared that “love is at the root of our resistance.”
Kaepernick, comedian Dave Chappelle, and six others received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal Thursday from the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard.
The former San Francisco 49er has become a lightening rod for criticism and a constant target of President Trump for his protests during the national anthem while he was playing in the NFL.
During a short speech, he reflected on visiting a high school after starting his protest against police brutality — and meeting children that did not have enough food to eat.
“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all of our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them,” he said in remarks obtained by WHDH-TV.
“Because if we don’t we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them and we are going to continue to fight for them.”
Kaepernick has pledged to donate $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities” and started a nonprofit organization to raise awareness and self-empowerment.
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