Everyone may not have realized it yet because it’s still so fresh and current, but Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the National Anthem is a part of history. To officially deem it so, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will add him to its records. 

The museum recently received a collection of Kaepernick’s memorabilia, including a jersey that he wore during the protest, and will put it on display at a later date. Harry Edwards, a sociologist with ties to Kaepernick, worked with both parties to make the exchange happen.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,’ ” Edwards told USA TODAY Sports. “ Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.”

Kaepernick is still listed as a free agent as no NFL team has stepped up to officially offer him a contract to join a roster. Many suspect that this is because of his political stances and demonstrations against police brutality given how quarterbacks with far less potential have gotten signed throughout the league.

Hopefully, Kaepernick will be able to continue to follow his dream of playing football while continuing the great work he’s done in social justice over the past year and further.

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