Protestors marched to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium ahead of the Atlanta Falcons first home game of the regular season at their new home in support of free agent Colin Kaepernick.
About 100 people marched on Martin Luther King Junior Drive from Morris Brown College to the new stadium Sunday, in support of the free agent quarterback who kneeled during the national anthem. Protestors believe Kaepernick has not been signed because he did not stand during the national anthem.
“He should have the freedom to speak up and stand up against things that he feels are injust,” said protestor Kristyn Anderson.
President of the Spelman College chapter of the National Action Network, Mary-Pat Hector organized the march. Hector said the protest is bigger than Kaepernick; it’s about what he kneeled for.
“Black and brown bodies in our country are being disregarded and that they are important and that they do matter and we want to support Kaepernick’s message,” said Mary-Pat Hector.
Once arriving at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the crowd of students, community members and leaders, knelt down in front of the new stadium, chanting “Let him play” and “United we stand, divided we fall.”
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