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Colin Kaepernick is Publishing a Memoir

The athlete and activist’s forthcoming book was described as “part political awakening and part memoir.”

Activist and athlete Colin Kaepernick is publishing a memoir focused on his political awakening. The NFL free agent is known for kneeling in protest during the national anthem at games in 2016, which ignited a national conversation about sports and free speech.

Kaepernick’s newly launched publishing company announced the forthcoming book, whose title and official release date is not yet revealed, on Thursday. The book has been described as “part political awakening and part memoir” by Amazon-owned audiobook company Audible, which will release an audio version. 

The 32-year-old has remained unsigned by NFL teams since 2017, after he protested police brutality against Black Americans by repeatedly kneeling during the national anthem as quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers.

“My protest was the culmination of years of thought and experiences, of learning and unlearning. I want to tell the story of my evolution, and the events that led me to protest systemic oppression, in hopes that it will inspire others to rise in action,” Kaepernick said in a statement via Audible.

Since leaving the 49ers, Kaepernick has remained in the spotlight. In 2018, he starred in a Nike advertising campaign that came as a watershed moment for corporate brands dealing with activism. The ad starring Kaepernick won an Emmy in 2019.

Kaepernick Publishing is expected to cross genres including social justice, fiction, politics, and children’s books, the Washington Post reported. In 2015, Kaepernick previously announced a book described as “an inspirational, faith-filled memoir”  before he began the gameday protests that has not yet been released, according to the New York Times.

In an interview with USA Today, Kaepernick further explained the project. 

“I’ve had a lot of questions surrounding what got me to the point of protesting," he told USA Today. "Why did I do it? Why did I do it at that moment? Why wasn’t it earlier in my career? A lot of questions surrounding what led me to that point. Which led me to wanting to share that story and give insight. So I think there’s a lot of interest around it, but time will tell when the book comes out.”