Colin Kaepernick has been an inspiration to many and well worthy of praise and admiration. So much so, that a mural to honor his sacrifice was created.

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The mural was painted on a building that sits directly across from the city’s Morehouse College, an all-male historically black school, but on Friday afternoon (February 1st) it was demolished just as a reported hundreds of thousands migrated to Atlanta for Super Bowl weekend.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a fire took place inside the edifice six months prior. Nevertheless, the mural still remained. According to mural painter Fabian Williams, the building’s owner never had any complaints about the artwork.


“He said he liked it,” Williams tells the AJC. “But said that the city was complaining to him about it.”

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The first day of @atlsuperbowl53 weekend and the #kaeplanta (1st potrait of @kaepernick7), #WakandaAli (portrait of Muhammad Ali as T'challa) mural and building it was on are completely demolished as of this morning. I found out as I'm going to do an interview with @npr about another mural on Fair St at @marddys down the block. Think about that. The way they kick off the celebration if the @NFL most watched event, they tear down the building with their most talked about professional athlete without a job, Colin Kaepernick. What did he kneel for? Inequality. Human rights. That's the symbol that they just demolished during their celebration. Timing is important and it's a message. #Atlanta #civilrights #kaepernick #BlackPanther #tchallaAli

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Williams took to Instagram on Saturday to announce his intention to paint seven (Kaepernick’s jersey number) murals of Kaepernick around town on Super Bowl Sunday, inviting other artists to take part and asking for local businesses to donate wall space.

The call to action worked in a big way and a new image rose like a phoenix after a fire.

It was great to see the call to action be answered so quickly. While some protested the Super Bowl, some clearly took to the streets and let their artwork be heard.