Howard football players raised their fists, but did not kneel during the anthem, CNN reported.
The cheerleaders at the historically black university join a national protest sparked by San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick, which has trickled from the professional level to the high school level. Most of a Maryland high school football team knelt during the anthem at a game in Montgomery County.
Kaepernick wanted to shed light on racial injustice in the country, previously saying to The Associated Press, “The message is that we have a lot of issues in this country that we need to deal with. We have a lot of people that are oppressed. We have a lot of people that aren’t treated equally, that aren’t given equal opportunities. Police brutality is a huge thing that needs to be addressed. There are a lot of issues that need to be talked about.”