Back 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 31st birthday, we honor his confidence, strength and Blackness with photos of Colin Kaepernick looking like Black excellence. #KaepSoBlack

20 Powerful Photos Of Colin Kaepernick Looking Like #BlackExcellence was originally published on globalgrind.com

1. Stand for something, or fall for anything.

Stand for something, or fall for anything.

7. Beyonce Approved

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10. GQ’s Homie

11. Standing By His Queen

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12. Time Recognizing Greatness

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13. Woke bae.

Woke bae.

14. Muscles Baby

16. Leader of the pack.

Leader of the pack.

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

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

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

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

20. Dignity, Pride, Roots.

Dignity, Pride, Roots.
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