Colin Kaepernick and Council Member Jumaane Williams (252849)
Credit: Kevin Fegan photo

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams presented former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick with a New York City Council proclamation honoring him for his “commitment to protesting the systemic oppression of and police brutality toward people of color.”

Williams presented Kaepernick with the proclamation Tuesday at a gala hosted by The Nation Institute where he was awarded the 2017/Puffin Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship. Before presenting the proclamation, Williams and Kaepernick discussed the movement that the quarterback sparked when he first opted to kneel during the playing of the national anthem at NFL games.

In September, Williams led 14 of his fellow Council members in staging a kneel-in on the steps of City Hall in solidarity with athletes who protested.

Kaepernick became the target of President Donald Trump as Trump sustained a campaign of attack against the NFL player and the other athletes he inspired to take a knee.

This is one of several awards Kaepernick received for his civil rights efforts. Last month GQ magazine named Kaepernick their Man of the Year and Sports Illustrated awarded him with the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.