Kaepernick, Dr. Fauci to receive Robert F. Kennedy human rights award


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TAMPA (WFLA) – Former San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci will be among a group set to receive the 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award.

Other honorees include farmworker advocate Dolores Huerta, DocuSign chief Dan Springer, and PayPal President Dan Schulman according to Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

The annual Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award celebrates outstanding leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to social change, recognizing individuals across government, business, advocacy, and entertainment who have utilized their platform for the public good.

“Our country is yearning for leadership, for moral fortitude, for common decency and kindness, and this year’s Ripple of Hope laureates give us great hope for the future,” said Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. “Their work for equal justice touches every corner of society, sometimes at great personal cost. We are deeply honored to celebrate these changemakers, who have set forth countless ripples of hope at a time when our world is in such need of inspiration.”

“In 2017, I was in the audience honoring Mr. Harry Belafonte as he accepted the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award. I am humbled to follow the footsteps of individuals like Mr. B and to be in the company of all the other laureates. Thank you for this prestigious award,” said Colin Kaepernick, co-founder of Know Your Rights Camp, a free campaign for youth advancing the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.

The event is scheduled to be held virtually on Dec. 10 in honor of National Human Rights Day when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

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