Today, Medium announced that civil rights activist and athlete Colin Kaepernick will be joining Medium’s Board of Directors. In addition to the board seat, Medium will partner with Colin Kaepernick on Kaepernick Publishing to create feature content focused on race and civil rights in America.
Medium Founder and CEO Ev Williams and Jermaine Hall, Editor in Chief of Level, will work closely with Colin on his editorial contributions.
We’re excited to announce our founder, @kaepernick7, will be the newest Board Member @medium. In addition to this, #KaepernickPublishing partners with Medium to further our mission uplifting voices of our communities. pic.twitter.com/FQYYNdTQcP
— Kaepernick Publishing (@KaepernickPub) June 18, 2020
Kaepernick will be sharing his thoughts on anti-Black racism in our society, and Medium and Kaepernick Publishing will co-publish thought-provoking feature stories from diverse writers of color for Level/Medium and Medium’s new blog.
“We’ve been in talks with Colin for some time, and we are honored to be electing him to join our board,” said Medium CEO Ev Williams. “Colin’s voice and actions have led the discussion on racial justice, and the world is finally catching up to him. He’s an incisive, independent thinker, whose integrity as an activist and athlete has inspired so many. We’ve enjoyed collaborating with Colin so far, and look forward to tapping into his perspective, as a partner and leader.”
Kap will also interview high profile leaders, activists and athletes, and create content from these interviews that will live on Medium.
“I am excited for Kaepernick Publishing to partner with Medium to continue to elevate Black voices in the news and publishing industry,” said Colin Kaepernick. “I also look forward to creating new opportunities and avenues for Black writers and creators with my new role as a Board member.”
“We’re excited to partner with Colin Kaepernick, the most prolific civil rights activist of this generation,” said Jermaine Hall, editor in chief of Level. “Together we’ll capture local and national stories of pain and progress and shine a light on Black and Brown voices who deserve a larger audience.”
Medium, the blogging platform and online publisher has 170 million monthly readers. Founded in 2012 by Ev Williams, a co-founder of Twitter, Medium is designed to make idea-sharing more accessible by hosting independently run blogs as well as editorial publications.
In 2019, Medium launched a suite of publications including ZORA and Level, which speak to the unique issues faced by women and men of color, as well as GEN, OneZero, Elemental, Fo