Colin Kaepernick, unarguably one of 2016’s most “woke” celebrities, has added another platform to his activism. He is now forming a San Francisco youth program that is teaching local kids to know and exercise their rights.
The Huffington Post has further details on Kaepernick’s Bay Area youth program and the plans to take it across the country.
Via Huffington Post:
The San Fransisco 49ers quarterback hosted a free youth camp in Oakland on Saturday called Know Your Rights. The program aims to teach kids about various important issues, including higher education, self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement. Hundreds of black and Latino children from the Bay Area attended, according to the New York Daily News. “We’re here today to fight back and give you all lessons to combat the oppressive issues that our people face on a daily basis. We’re here to give you tools to help you succeed,” he told the attendees, according to the Daily News. “We’re going to give you knowledge on policing history, what the systems of policing in America were based on, and we’re also going to teach you skills to make sure you always make it home safely.”
The camp staff, which consists of Kaepernick and a small group of volunteers, also highlighted 10 basic rights they believe each child should know they have, including the right to be free, healthy, safe and educated. The day was constructed around these rights, which were inspired by the 10-point plan created by the Black Panther Party.
Kaepernick sees this as reaching beyond San Francisco. According to Huffington Post, he said, “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.”
Kaepernick is consistently proving that he doesn’t just talk about it, he is about it.
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