Kaepernick has not played since 2016 but rumors have been swirling this season about him joining an NFL team.
Colin Kaepernick continued his smooth transition from sports into activism Thursday during a historic night at Harvard University.
The college awarded Kaepernick, 30, the prestigious W.E.B. Dubois Medal at a reportedly “overflowing” theater on campus.
The historic medal recognizes those who work to advance African American progress and is named after the first man to earn a PhD from Harvard University.
“I feel like it’s not only my responsibility, but all our responsibilities as people that are in positions of privilege, in positions of power, to continue to fight for them and uplift them, empower them,” he explained. “Because if we don’t, we become complicit in the problem. It is our duty to fight for them, and we are going to continue to fight for them.”