Celebrate People's History: Take a Knee Protests

Brett Colley
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
July 2020
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a blue poster with images of Jackie Robinson on top and Colin Kaepernick on the bottom. There are gray silhouettes of them kneeling to either side of their image. On top of this silhouette are quotes from them: “I cannot stand and sing the anthem, I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a Black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.” — Jackie Robinson, MLB infielder (1947-1955) “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way.” — Colin Kaepernick, NFL quarterback (2011-2016)
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.