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Colin Kaepernick honored by Amnesty International with Ambassador of Conscience Award

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Eric Reid was on hand for the presentation.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received another notable honor for his social justice work. Amnesty International presented him with their annual Ambassador of Conscience Award. Kaepernick was introduced by his former teammate and current free agent, Eric Reid.

The award is Amnesty International’s highest honor. Past recipients include former South African president Nelson Mandela, artist Ai Weiwei, Alicia Keys, education activist Malala Yousafzai, and former Czech Republic president Václav Havel.

The award was presented in Amsterdam, and comes as we approach the 50th anniversaty of John Carlos and Tommie Harris raising a gloved fist in protest at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Kaepernick released a statement through Amnesty International (via Time):

“This is an award I share with all of the countless people throughout the world combating the human rights violations of police officers, and their uses of oppressive and excessive force,” Kaepernick said in statement released by Amnesty International. “To quote Malcolm X, when he said that he, ‘will join in with anyone — I don’t care what color you are — as long as you want to change this miserable condition that exists on this earth,’ I am here to join with you all in this battle against police violence.

“While taking a knee is a physical display that challenges the merits of who is excluded from the notion of freedom, liberty, and justice for all, the protest is also rooted in a convergence of my moralistic beliefs, and my love for the people.”