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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar



Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor) is an American author, social justice advocate, and former professional basketball player who converted from Catholicism to Islam and changed his name while in his twenties. He is an outspoken advocate of racial equality, social justice, and interfaith understanding.

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Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court

Former NBA star and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores his 50-year friendship with Coach John Wooden, one of the most enduring and meaningful relationships in sports history.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: My Very Muslim Christmas

On the one hand, Americans see themselves as the great international melting pot that welcomes huddled masses of all religions and ethnic backgrounds. On the other hand, they’re terrified that too much diversity mixed in the pot will dilute our white Christian majority.

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Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar first became immersed in the history of the 761st Battalion through family friend Leonard “Smitty” Smith, a veteran of the unit.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Continues His Fight for Racial Equality

Basketball legend lauds 'profound influence' of Black athletes when it comes to social justice.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Becoming Kareem” on and off the Court | The Daily Show

NBA Hall of Famer and “Becoming Kareem” author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar compares Colin Kaepernick’s protest to his own travails as a socially engaged athlete.

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Black Profiles in Courage

In this ideal introduction to black history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar examines the lives of heroic African Americans and offers their stories as inspiring examples for young people, who too rarely encounter positive black role models in history books or in the media.

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Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Helping to Teach STEM Skills to Black and Latino Students

For more than a decade, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been focused on introducing underserved students to a STEM education, which is science, technology, engineering and math.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Discusses the Importance of Athletes Using Their Voices | The Arena

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares how he first became a social activist during the historic Cleveland Summit and the importance of today’s generation of athletes to continue bringing issues of social injustice to the forefront.

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Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court

The first memoir for young readers by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. At one time, Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward.

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Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

Bestselling author, basketball legend and cultural commentator Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores the heart of issues that affect Americans today.

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