Jenifer Lewis made a bold statement on the Emmys red carpet.
The “Black-ish” actress, 61, stepped out for the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in a red and black, sparkly Nike sweatshirt to show support for Colin Kaepernick.
Lewis’ chose to stand with Kaepernick following the controversy surrounding his new campaign with the sporting goods brand. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback caught backlash last year when he chose to kneel during the U.S. national anthem before football games.
“I am wearing Nike to applaud them for supporting Colin Kaepernick and his protest against racial injustice and police brutality,” Lewis told Variety on the red carpet.
Lewis also revealed she knew she wanted to make a statement leading up to the awards show. “I’ll wear Nike,” she said. “I’ll wear Nike to say thank you. Thank you for leading the resistance. We need more corporate America to stand up also.”
Her “Black-ish” co-stars Anthony Anderson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Wanda Sykes are all nominated for their roles in the comedy series.