Netflix announces Ava DuVernay-led series on Colin Kaepernick

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Todd Kirkland/AP/Shutterstock (10674845a) Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a workout for NFL football scouts and media in Riverdale, Ga. Kaepernick has been a leader in the fight for social justice by people of color not just in the football world or the sports world. Recent developments have raised his profile and, more significantly, reminded many of the sacrifices he has made while protesting social injustice and police brutality On Football Kaepernick Platform, Riverdale, United States – 16 Nov 2019

By Allison Gordon

CNN

(CNN) Colin Kaepernick’s life story is headed to Netflix.

The streaming giant announced a new limited series titled “Colin in Black & White,” from Ava DuVernay, based on Kaepernick’s high school years.

Kaepernick will appear in the series and add his own voice to the project.

The limited series will run for six episodes and reunites DuVernay with Michael Starrbury, who will write and serve as executive producer.

DuVernay and Starrbury previously worked together on “When They See Us,” which received 16 Emmy nominations.

In 2016, Kaepernick made national news when he refused to stand as the National Anthem played before NFL games. He said he did so to protest police shootings of African-American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the United States.

Doing so helped transform him into an icon in the fight against police brutality and racial injustice.

“The series will focus on Kaepernick’s formative high school years, lending meaningful insight into the acts and experiences that led him to become the activist he is today,” Netflix said in its statement.

DuVernay, who also celebrated the news on Twitter, said in a statement that Kaepernick’s act of protest “ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally.”

She added, “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 Netflix.”

Netflix has yet to announce an official release date for the series.

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