Before former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
led the franchise to an NFC title and a Super Bowl XLVII
appearance, he starred at Pitman High in Turlock, Calif.
Kaepernick’s high school years and his early-age experiences
that led to his activism will be the subject of a six-part
documentary titled, “Colin in Black and White” that will be
produced by award-winning director, Ava DuVernay.
Netflix announced plans for the series Monday.
“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a
white lens,” Kaepernick said in a Netflix press release. “We
seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black
people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted
Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s
an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava
for the world to see.”
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Kaepernick will serve as an executive producer and narrator for
the series, which will lend “meaningful insight into the acts and
experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,”
according to Netflix.
“With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national
conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences
for football, culture and for him, personally,” DuVernay said in
a press release. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity,
sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I
couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at
Emmy Award nominee Michael Starrbury will work alongside
DuVernay and Kaepernick as an executive producer and is writing the
Kaepernick, 32, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a Black
father and white mother and was adopted by a white couple, Rick and
Teresa Kaepernick, in Turlock, California, who moved from Wisconsin
to California when Kaepernick was four years old.
The six-episode series was conceived in 2019 and writing was
completed in May, 2020. Netflix did not announce when the series
will be available to stream.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Colin Kaepernick’s teenage years the focus of new six-part