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.
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.
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.
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.