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In 2016, Colin Kaepernick went from a famous NFL player to an infamous civil rights activist after deciding to kneel during the National Anthem to protest against the injustices African-Americans face in this country.

Kaepernick made standing up for what you believe in something to aspire to. The quarterback presented a bold statement and gave life to an old trend by letting his afro grow and flourish. If that wasn’t Black enough, he even rocked cornrows for a while during the season.

In honor of the brave athlete’s 29th birthday, we honor his confidence, strength and Blackness with photos of Colin Kaepernick looking like Black excellence. #KaepSoBlack

1. Stand for something, or fall for anything.

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2. Woke bae.

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3. Leader of the pack.

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4. “It’s better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.”- Elizabeth Kenny

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5. “It is our duty to fight for our freedom.”- Assata Shakur

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6. Dignity, Pride, Roots.

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