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Colin Kaepernick Wins Prestigious RFK Ripple of Hope Award

Athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick has been a fierce advocate for social justice, and now the Know Your Rights Camp founder will be honored for his contributions in the fight for equality as one of the recipients of the 2020 RFK Ripple of Hope Award.

The award is bestowed upon leaders across different industries who embody Robert Kennedy’s drive and desire for equality and justice. Kaepernick has been a long-time advocate for the empowerment of disenfranchised communities and during the pandemic he has spearheaded several impactful initiatives through his Know Your Rights Camp to support and uplift the marginalized. Among the efforts led by Kaepernick is the COVID-19 Relief Fund which was launched to combat food insecurity, provide shelter for those in need, support incarcerated populations and provide personal protective equipment for frontline workers. Following the murder of George Floyd, he created the Legal Defense Initiative to align protesters who were arrested with top defense and civil rights lawyers.

“In 2017, I was in the audience honoring Mr. Harry Belafonte as he accepted the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award,” Kaepernick said in a statement. “I am humbled to follow the footsteps of individuals like Mr. B and to be in the company of all the other laureates.” Other recipients include Dr. Anthony Fauci, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman, civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, and DocuSign CEO Dan Springer. The virtual awards ceremony will be hosted on December 10.

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