They’ve each had their run-ins with Donald Trump, and now they’re both going to get the same award.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert who has served under six Presidents, and Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL star, are both slated to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award.
Other recipients will include Dan Schulman, President and CEO of PayPal; Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign; and Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Workers of America. Past recipients of the award include former President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
According to their website, The Human Rights 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. At a time when the courageous pursuit of equality and justice has become political and riddled with adversity, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights stands with these modern-day human rights defenders in their inspirational fight for progress.”
Colin Kaepernick is being recognized for his continued activism in the wake of his controversial departure from the NFL, where he was the first player to kneel during the National Anthem. Kaepernick has since founded the Know Your Rights Camp, a free campaign for youth advancing the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities.
Fauci was chosen, according to board president Kerry Kennedy, because as the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, he was chosen by the White House to help lead the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, though his efforts have certainly been obstructed as of late.
The Awards ceremony is currently and tentatively scheduled for December 10th.