NFL, Morehouse College co-host ‘social justice’ workshop inspired by Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick inspired by Morehouse College and the NFL to host the Advocacy in Sports Workshop in February of this year.

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The National Football League has entered into a partnership with Morehouse College for a three-day social justice workshop in February inspired by Colin Kaepernick’s activism.

“The Advocacy in Sports Workshop was a direct extension of Colin Kaepernick activism,” Interim President of Morehouse College Harold Martin Jr. wrote in a letter. “We recognize and appreciate Mr. Kaepernick’s efforts and sacrifices. His work…inspired by this, the specific discussion and training.”

The workshop in Atlanta, Ga. “including, professional athletes around issues of social justice and other advocacy agendas highlight how to effectively launch platforms that rally the support of the community and the national attention.”

The announcement comes after the NFL pledged to donate $89 million to social justice causes for the next seven years, a commitment that came after Kaepernick and other NFL players knelt down during the national anthem to protest against police brutality and other alleged racial injustice.

“This historic workshop is focused on the training of the next generation of athletes that want to make use of sport as a powerful platform for advocacy,” said Troy Vincent, NFL executive vice president of football operations in an NFL press release. “Our collaboration is designed to equip athletes as influencers and leaders of the community with the mechanics to the development of their advocacy platform.”

Dr. David Wall Rice, associate professor of psychology at Morehouse, designed the curriculum for the workshop by means of its Identity, Art, and Democracy Laboratory. Students are selected for participation in the workshop will also include the winter course in Psychology, Sport and Social Justice.

Rice tweeted his thanks to Kaepernick for the event:

Looking for this crucial work. Thank you @Kaepernick7 @RISEtoWIN @nfl @Morehouse for the activism that got us here . . .

— David Wall Rice (@dwallrice) December 5, 2017

“Also in the future on this important work. Thank you @Keapernick7 @RISEtoWIN @nfl @Morehouse for the activism that got us here…”

“The link with the NFL and their players in the forward push of the social justice agendas that mirror the past and the activist foundations of Morehouse College is important work,” said Martin, Jr. “We take our relationship and trust that many of the players have already communicated to Dr. Rice seriously, and we know that the work that we do in February and has the capacity to impact lives.”

Kaepernick drew praise, but also outrage for refusing to stand during the national anthem. Some accused him of lack of patriotism and disrespect of the American flag. He has not been signed by another team since his protest.

While the university as referred to Martin’s letter, Benson said: “the workshop do not support, promote, or kneel during the national anthem.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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