BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Former NFL defender and social justice advocate Colin Kaepernick received an honorary degree from Morgan State University, along with filmmaker David E. Talbert and businessman David Burton, both of whom are friends. of Morgan State, the university said Tuesday.
All three recipients of the award were honored for their “individual and collective contributions to the development of the Black story and the pursuit of excellence,” said Morgan State University President David K. Wilson. know.
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A member of the San Francisco 49ers for six years, Kaepernick famously began protesting against Black and minority oppression in 2016, first by singing the national anthem before NFL games, then kneeling. pillow in the song.
“For his stance, he has been denied the opportunity to get his job back in the NFL to this day,” said Morgan State. Last month, Kaepernick said he would be fine if he returned to professional football as a backup.
During his time out of the NFL, Kaepernick founded three organizations promoting “Black and Brown liberation,” Know Your Rights Camp, Ra Vision Media, and Kaepernick Publishing.
The 34-year-old has also received a series of awards, being the subject of the Netflix series “Colin in Black & White,” and publishing a children’s picture book, “I Color different selves”.
He will receive an Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarian Letters.
Talbert, a member of the Class of 1989, has dozens of writing credits, including novels, plays, and films. Most recently, he wrote and directed the musical fantasy film “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”, starring Forest Whitaker, Madalen Mills and Keegan-Michael Key. The film was nominated for 10 NAACP Image Awards in 2021.
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“The 20-year passion project and brainchild of Talbert offers a completely original and comprehensive cinematic holiday experience that has been viewed in more than 190 countries and translated into 32 languages.” the university said.
Talbert will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree.
Burton, a member of the 1967 Group, is the founder and CEO of the Diversified Manufacturing Supply Chain Alliance.
The university hailed Burton’s role as a key figure in a lawsuit brought by four black colleges and universities in Maryland that argued the state had been underfunding the institutions for years. .
Last March, a federal judge approved a $577 million settlement for schools, of which $22 million was earmarked for legal costs that plaintiffs spent in 15 years of legal fighting. Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh finalized the settlement a month later.
Burton will receive a PhD in Humanitarian Letters.
“He has a wealth of experience in community and economic development, small business incubation and inner city revitalization that he has used to improve his community,” the university said.
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Morgan State’s groundbreaking is scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Hughes Memorial Stadium. It was not immediately clear whether all honorary degree recipients attended.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/05/17/colin-kaepernick-david-e-talbert-and-david-burton-to-receive-honorary-degrees-from-morgan-state/ Colin Kaepernick, David E. Talbert And David Burton To Receive Honorary Degrees From Morgan State – CBS Baltimore