We already know that La La Anthony and Anthony Anderson are back and ready to bring the love to Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms, and now it’s time to announce one of the celebs who will be showing his mom some serious love this Mother’s Day: Colin Kaepernick.
There’s a lot for Teresa Kaepernick to be proud of when it comes to her son. The professional quarterback is heavily involved with the community and works to fight oppression of all kinds globally through education and social activism.
He founded and fully funded the national Know Your Rights Camps to empower youth in their community and teach them various ways to interact with law enforcement as well as self-empowerment and motivation. He also recently completed his Million Dollar Pledge, where he donated $1,000,000 of his own money to 37 different organizations fighting toward social justice.
As I reflect back on the completion of my #MillionDollarPledge, I am proud to have completed it, however, I also realize how much more work there is to do in our fight for Social Justice. Donating $1,000,000 to these 37 organizations was a way for me to actively help those helping to better our communities. My donations went to local organizations such as Assata’s Daughters – a grassroots intergenerational collective of Black women protesting against police violence, United We Dream – the largest youth-led organization fighting for Immigrant rights and International causes such as the Somalia Famine Relief fund. All worthy organizations and great causes that all need our attention. Thank you all for all your hard work and commitment. I realize that this work can be challenging and trying at times – however, we must never give up and we must continue to strive and move our communities forward. No matter what. In addition to the actual monetary donation, I was hoping to use my platform to highlight some of these organizations doing amazing work in our communities and to let each of you know that you can help too! If we all do a little, we can do a lot! Donate what you can – that doesn’t just mean money. Many of these groups can use volunteers and mentors. You can donate time, perhaps our most precious commodity. The #MillionDollarPledge was never for me, or about me – it has, and always will continue to be for, and about the people. Perhaps what I've learned most is that we can all enact change. Please head over to Kaepernick7.com to learn more about all of these amazing organizations as well as to see how you can help. We have work to do, and the only way to get it done is if we all work together. Power to the People!
His activism has won him recognition and awards. In December 2017, Kaepernick received the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award (from Beyoncé, no less!), the ACLU’s Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and The Puffin/Nation Institute’s Prize for Creative Citizenship. An award winning athlete and activist must have an mom deserving of many awards herself!
Tune in to Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms on Monday, May 7th at 9pm ET/PT.
The outspoken football star and social activist lays out the 10 points of his community outreach program to students in Harlem, New York.