Colin Kaepernick‘s protest against police brutality and racial inequality is making history.

Harry Edwards, a prominent sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley, urged the Smithsonian to feature Kaepernick in a display after his protest took the nation by storm last year.

The museum reportedly agreed to build a Kaepernick exhibit as part of its collection on the impact of sports, after Edwards prompted the Smithsonian to consider the quarterback as a generational leader in the vein of Muhammad Ali.

“I said, ‘Don’t wait 50 years to try to get some memorabilia and so forth on Kaepernick,'” Edwards said to Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports.”‘Let me give you a game jersey, some shoes, a picture … And it should be put right there alongside Muhammad Ali. He’s this generation’s Ali.'”

Edwards lauded Kaepernick for furthering a dialogue on race relations in America amid a contentious political climate.

“Ali created a conversation,” Edwards said. “The conversation was going on at lower frequencies, but when the world champion steps forward and says, ‘No Viet Cong ever called me a (expletive), and we have some issue we need to deal with here, not over there in a war that makes no sense,’ it moved the discussion to another level.

“The same thing with Kaepernick. He sparked a national conversation about race.”

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