Colin Kaepernick has been actively using his platform as a famous athlete to bring awareness to social issues affecting this country. Now, the 49ers player even recently hosted a special event for kids in the Bay Area regarding their rights as citizens!
This past Saturday (Oct. 29), Colin hosted a “Know Your Rights” event for youth in Oakland, CA, teaching these kids what they should know growing up in this country. Kids were able to attend different workshops, listening to designated speakers discuss a variety of befitting topics including college options, advice on interacting with police, and the power of self-love.
Inspired by the Black Panthers’ 10-Point program, Colin and his team also came up with the following 10 rights for the kids to know:
1. You have the right to be free.
2. You have the right to be healthy.
3. You have the right to be brilliant.
4. You have the right to be safe.
5. You have the right be loved.
6. You have the right to be courageous.
7. You have the right to be alive.
8. You have the right to be trusted.
9. You have the right to be educated.
10. You have the right to know your rights.
One hundred black and Latino youth from different community organizations throughout the area came out for the event, which was held at Impact Hub Oakland. Definitely a good turnout! Colin is optimistic too about hosting this event all over the States. “This is just the beginning, man,” he said in an interview. “What we’ve done here today in Oakland, we want to do all over the country, in cities all over this country, by bringing together local leaders, local activists and local youth, and not only giving them the skills and lessons they need, but we want to show them how much we love and value them.”
The kids also received backpacks, subscriptions to Ancestry.com (to learn more about their heritage), and a copy of The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Truly proud of Colin! Despite intense scrutiny behind his kneeling during the National Anthem on the field, he’s still taking a stand against police brutality and other wrongful issues in America. This event was perfect to reach the kids specifically, and I truly hope he’s able to expand this to other cities all over the country!