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Kaepernick to Release ‘Deeply Personal’ Children’s Book Inspired by His Life | Colin Kaepernick

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Colin Kaepernick will release a children’s book in 2022 inspired by his own life.

Kaepernick’s book I Color Myself Different will be released on April 5 next year through his publishing house and Scholastic, under a multi-book deal, the athlete and the media company have announced. for children. The book will be illustrated by Eric Wilkerson.

“This story is deeply personal to me and inspired by real events in my life. I hope he will honor the courage and bravery of young people around the world by encouraging them to live with authenticity and determination, ”Kaepernick said in a press release. “I am delighted that Kaepernick Publishing is collaborating with Scholastic on books with black and brown voices in the foreground. I hope our books inspire readers to travel the world with confidence, strength, and truth in all they do.

Kaepernick’s artwork is a picture book “inspired by an important childhood memory of when Kaepernick first documented that he was different from his adopted white family,” Scholastic said in a statement from hurry. “In a kindergarten exercise on drawing families, Kaepernick remembers putting down the yellow pencil he used to draw his family and picking up the brown pencil for himself.

“That moment crystallized for him the differences marked by his adoption, and how recognizing those distinctions could encourage all of us to better accept ourselves and one another.”

Kaepernick became a national symbol of racial justice when he first knelt during the US national anthem – to call attention to police brutality and systemic racism – ahead of a 49ers preseason game from San Francisco in 2016. He hasn’t found a team since leaving the 49ers at the end of their 2016 season. NFL teams have been accused of blaming him because of his political stance .

Ellie Berger, President and Editor of Scholastic Trade Publishing, said, “Colin Kaepernick’s inspirational story, with themes of identity, race and self-esteem, will resonate deeply with all children.