Broncos LB Brandon Marshall to Receive ‘Courage Award’ For Work Against Social Injustice
During the 2016 NFL season, Denver Broncos LB Brandon Marshall kneeled during the National Anthem in solidarity with his friend, San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, and he received just as much hate as Kaep did for doing so.
After losing numerous endorsements because of it, he took to social media to explain why he was doing it and what he planned to do next.
“On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities.In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference.I’ve also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders.But, it’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change.This starts with me.My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more.I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs.You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange.I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.”
Looks like all that hard work paid off as he will be honored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Alumni of Color for his stance against social injustice.
Marshall took to Twitter and announced that he is set to receive the 2017 Courage Award during the Alumni of Color’s 2017 Conference in March.
Honored to be recognized by Harvard’s Graduate School for taking a stance against social injustice this past year. 1 Corinthians 15:58 pic.twitter.com/WPcdcf7J8V
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh54) February 21, 2017
“The 2017 Alumni of Color Conference (AOCC) Courage Award is given to an individual demonstrating outstanding commitment to the principles of justice, equity, and including,” the release read. “Selected by the AOCC chairs, this inaugural award reflects the principles of the conference, including depth of character, extraordinary leadership, and engaged activism.”