Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be part of Medium’s board of administrators, the corporate introduced Thursday.
“I met Colin a pair years in the past and have been eager to work with him ever since,” wrote Ev Williams, the CEO of Medium, in a statement. “I do know he’ll carry invaluable insights and management to Medium, particularly on this second when the world is lastly catching as much as his imaginative and prescient on racial justice.”
Kaepernick confronted skilled repercussions after taking a knee throughout NFL soccer video games to protest police brutality and racial inequality and has remained a free agent for the previous three years. He filed a grievance towards the NFL, accusing the league of collusion, and reached a confidential settlement final yr. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lately said in a video that the league was “wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all players to speak out and peacefully protest.”
Since enjoying for the NFL, Kaepernick has emerged as a number one voice for racial justice, launching initiatives such because the Know Your Rights Camp, a nonprofit to mobilize Black youth, and a legal defense fund for individuals arrested whereas protesting George Floyd’s dying. Earlier this yr, he introduced the launch of Kaepernick Publishing, a publishing firm aiming “to offer energy to Black and Brown voices globally.” Among the many firm’s first tasks shall be Kaepernick’s personal memoir.
Kaepernick may also be writing as a part of his partnership with Medium, collaborating with Medium’s Degree and Momentum platforms to provide tales “centered on race and civil rights in America,” along with aiding with the publication of tales from different writers of shade.
“I’m excited for Kaepernick Publishing to associate with Medium to proceed to raise Black voices within the information and publishing business,” Kaepernick wrote on Instagram Thursday. “I additionally look ahead to creating new alternatives and avenues for Black writers and creators with my new position as a Board member.”