The Smithsonian Will Feature Items From Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History will feature items relating to Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest as part of its Black Lives Matter collection.
The museum’s sports curator, Damion Thomas, told USA Today, “The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection. The Colin Kaepernick collection is in line with the museum’s larger collecting efforts to document the varied areas of society that have been impacted by the Black Lives Matter movement.”
Edwards told the museum, “I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick. Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture. … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.'” The National Museum of African American History and Culture, located in Washington, D.C., features an exhibit dedicated to sports that “demonstrates the centrality of African American contributions and challenges to contemporary American culture and politics.”