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by Patricia Nicolas
The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History plans on making an addition to their Black Lives Matter collection, according to a report from USA Today. The new addition will include artifacts related to NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick, who gained notoriety during the 2016-2017 season through his silent protests intended to highlight police brutality against African Americans.
"The National Museum of African American History and Culture has nearly 40,000 items in our collection," said Damion Thomas, the museum's sports curator. "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."
Despite Kaepernick, who led his former team The San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, still not being signed, he has garnered support and respect for his social justice efforts nationwide.