Kaepernick Receives ‘Courageous Advocate Award’ At ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner

ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill Of Rights Dinner - Red Carpet

Let’s run down a list of things Colin Kaepernick has been honored for in the past month.

– He was named GQ Magazine “Citizen of the Year” back in November.

– Two weeks later, Sports Illustrated named him as their ‘Muhammad Ali Legacy Award Winner.’

– On Monday, Time Magazine put him on their shortlist for its Person of the Year award for 2017.

This past weekend, the free agent quarterback added to that list when he was honored and met with a standing ovation at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California’s Bill of Rights dinner. He received the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was a surprise honoree to those in attendance.

“We all have an obligation no matter the risk, and regardless of reward, to stand up for our fellow men and women who are being oppressed with the understanding that human rights cannot be compromised,” Kaepernick said in an acceptance speech, reports Alene Tchekmedyian of the Los Angeles Times.

The former NFL quarterback became the topic of conversation all over the country when he refused to stand during the National Anthem, protesting what he believes are racial injustices and ongoing police brutality in the US. He is believed to be blackballed from the league because of his actions.

You can watch video of Kaepernick at the dinner here.

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