Former NFL player and racial justice activist Colin Kaepernick has announced the release of a new children’s book he authored.
Kaepernick publishing tweeted “We’re honored to collaborate w/@Scholastic
[email protected]’s children’s book, I COLOR MYSELF DIFFERENT, & hope that his story will inspire young people to live courageously in their truth.”
We’re honored to collaborate w/ @Scholastic on @Kaepernick7’s children’s book, I COLOR MYSELF DIFFERENT, & hope that his story will inspire young people to live courageously in their truth. #IColorMyselfDifferent hits shelves on 4/5/22. Pre-order now at https://t.co/ei83WPSu05. pic.twitter.com/0FWxMuCtf0
— Kaepernick Publishing (@KaepernickPub) July 15, 2021
According to the book’s PR statement “During a kindergarten exercise on drawing families, Kaepernick remembers putting down the yellow crayon he had been using to draw his family and picking up the brown crayon for himself.”
“This moment crystallized for [Kaepernick] the differences marked by his adoption, and how acknowledging those distinctions could encourage us all to be more accepting of ourselves and each other,” the release continues.
Kaeprnick said “This story is deeply personal to me, and inspired by real events in my life. I hope that it honors the courage and bravery of young people everywhere by encouraging them to live with authenticity and purpose.”
“I’m excited for Kaepernick Publishing to be collaborating with Scholastic on books with Black and Brown voices at the forefront. I hope that our books will inspire readers to walk through the world with confidence, strength, and truth in all they do,” he added.