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*On this date in 2018, African American Athlete and inspiring activist Colin Kaepernick was honored with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018, the human rights organization announced.
The award was officially presented at a ceremony in Amsterdam, Netherlands to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of Amnesty International’s national section in the country. “The Ambassador of Conscience award celebrates the spirit of activism and exceptional courage, as embodied by Colin Kaepernick. He is an athlete who is now widely recognized for his activism because of his refusal to ignore or accept racial discrimination,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.
“Just like the Ambassadors of Conscience before him, Colin Kaepernick chooses to speak out and inspire others despite the professional and personal risks. When high profile people choose to take a stand for human rights, it emboldens many others in their struggles against injustice. Colin Kaepernick’s commitment is all the more remarkable because of the alarming levels of vitriol it has attracted from those in power.”