Michael Bennett Featured on the Cover of The New Yorker with Colin Kaepernick and MLK
On the cover of this week’s edition of The New Yorker, Michael Bennett and Colin Kaepernick link arms with Martin Luther King Jr. as they all take a knee. It’s a powerful image.
The artwork was created by San Francisco-based illustrator Mark Ulriksen and titled “In Creative Battle,” which was inspired by MLK’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech: “I accept the Nobel Prize for Peace at a moment when 22 million Negroes of the United States of America are engaged in a creative battle to end the long night of racial injustice.”
It’s a battle that continues today; with Colin Kaepernick, who protested racial injustice in 2016 by sitting and kneeling during the anthem at NFL games; with Michael Bennett, who sat on the bench during the anthem for much of the 2017 season; and with countless other voices throughout the country who have met inequality with action.
“I’m being vulnerable to show every person that no matter [what] you believe in, keep fighting for it,” Michael told the media last August. “Keep fighting for equality. Keep fighting for oppressed people. And keep trying to change society.”