Kaepernick 'Artifacts' Will Be in Smithsonian Black Lives Matter Exhibit
Memorabilia from Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem last year will head to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History as part of its Black Lives Matter exhibit.
Civil rights activist Harry Edwards spearheaded the effort to get Kaepernick items, such as a jersey and shoes, enshrined.
"I said, 'Don't wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,'" Edwards related. "It should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He's this generation's Ali."
NFL players have followed the quarterback's example of protesting America's anthem as a statement against police brutality towards blacks.
The Seattle Seahawks' Michael Bennett announced he plans to protest the anthem all season. The Oakland Raiders' Marshawn Lynch sat and ate a banana as everyone else stood during the song at a pre-season game.
"The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum's larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement," said curator Damion Thomas.
Kaepernick is still a free agent, partly because teams balked at signing him after his protests caused a firestorm.