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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been awarded a human and civil rights award from The National Education Association.

Kaepernick was presented with the association’s highest honor, the NEA President’s Award, for his work in fighting “racial oppression through education and social justice activism” with his “Know Your Rights Camp,” a free campaign for youths fully funded by Kaepernick.

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The athlete’s youth camp seeks to “raise awareness on higher education, self empowerment, and instruction to properly interact with law enforcement in various scenarios,” according to the campaign’s website.

“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the streets,” Kaepernick said of the honor in another release from the association.

“The human and civil rights champions we honor tonight are the epitome of the fierce urgency of now that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke about in his ‘I Have a Dream speech,’ ” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said in a press release Sunday.

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