She made a surprise appearance at the Sports Illustrated Awards to present the athlete-turned-activist with the honor.
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Last night Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at the Sports Illustrated Awards to honor Colin Kaepernick, who has become one of America's most prominent and vocal activists.
Every year, the ceremony gives out the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which is an honor bestowed on an athlete who has used sport as a springboard for activism. There are few in recent memory who have done so as effectively as Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked a movement against racial prejudice not only in the NFL, but across the country. Beyoncé said she was "so proud and humbled" to present the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award to Kaepernick.
Accepting the award, Kaepernick said:
I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people, because my platform is the people.
See the moment, via Sports Illustrated, below:
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