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Afro Futures: Before Kaep


On August 14th, 2016, San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem for the first time. Since that day there have been numerous public gestures done in protest of police brutality. Kaepernick's protest is certainly the most well-known, but it wasn't the first.

On this episode of Afro Futures, Yusuf Abdul-Qadir chats with Toni Smith-Thompson, Senior Organizer at the New York Civil Liberties Union. Toni is also well known for her protest of the national anthem during a college basketball game at Manhattanville College in 2003. 

Yusuf and Toni discuss the importance of the right to protest, how things have changed since 2003, and what things should look like moving forward.


Afro Futures is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

Music in this Episode:

'Dream Big' by Audiobinger is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0