We met Colin Kepernick in 2016 when the NFL, the American football player, knelt at the time of the American anthem, protesting against racist police violence; it became a symbol and angered Donald Trump. Now, the athlete-who-became-activist has announced that next year he will release a children’s picture book. His story «I Color Myself Different» is based on a landmark moment in Kepernick’s childhood, when during a kindergarten painting class he painted his white adoptive parents yellow and then himself brown. It was the first time he had admitted the difference in the appearance of his family members.
“For me, this story is something deeply personal and is inspired by real-life events,” Kepernick told a news conference a few days ago. “I hope it honors the courage and bravery of young people, wherever they are, by encouraging them to have a life of authenticity and determination,” says APE.
The publication of the children’s book he wrote is not Kepernick’s first move in the field of books. In 2019, he launched Kaepernick Publishing, with the aim of “boosting the morale of a new generation of writers and creators” and “strengthening different views and voices”. The first edition of the house was an anthology of essays on the subject of the abolition of the police force, and it will also include the long-awaited memoirs of Colin Kepernick. “I Color Myself Different” – Kaepernick Publishing collaborates with Scholastic, in the framework of an agreement for many books – is scheduled to be released on April 5, 2022.