“I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop. My greatest asset is my mind.”
One point connect with Kareem Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar NBA all-time leading scorer, New York Times-bestselling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a 8x award-winning Columnist of the Year, a 6x NBA champion and the league’s only 6x MVP. For the past 38 years he was the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer.
He is one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who his a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for newspapers and magazines around the world, such as The Guardian, The New York Times, The LA Times and The Hollywood Reporter. Currently he writes a bi-weekly column for kareem.substack.com where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially relevant and politically controversial topics facing our nation today.
After 50 years as an athlete and activist, he offers his perspectives as a nationally recognized speaker who regularly appears on the lecture circuit. Currently, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation whose mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning.
A New York Times best-selling author, he has written 17 books, most of which explore the often-overlooked history of African Americans, from the achievements of the Harlem Renaissance to the forgotten Black inventors who changed our daily lives. He is currently working on a series of graphic novels around social justice, the history of Los Angeles music & entertainment.
Kareem is an award-winning documentary producer and 2x Emmy nominated narrator. He was featured in HBO’s most watched sports documentary of all-time, Kareem: Minority of One . He has several television projects in development, currently, he is producing a series of specials, Black Patriots, Heroes of the Civil War, which premiered on The History Channel as well as a new docu-series called Black Cops Kid.
Before leaving office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest honor for civilians. He is the recipient of The Ford Medal of Freedom, The Rosa Parks Award, The Double Helix Medal and Harvard University’s W.E.B. Dubois Medal of Courage. Abdul-Jabbar holds 8 honorary doctorate degrees and is the only U.S. Cultural Ambassador; a title bestowed on him by former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
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What People Are Saying
"Best guest we ever had ! We appreciate his humbleness and the way he teaches and we loved how he used the John Wooden references & connections to leadership and health inequities."
CVM Communications Leader, Janssen Americas
“Kareem was a terrific hit with our audience. He is a deep thinker and passionate student of society and human nature. Beyond valuable input on achieving long term success, he brought a sense of wisdom and insight on a range of topics of interest to our group. I highly recommend him as a guest speaker.”
Associate Publisher Head of Advisory and Wealth Management Programs at Barron’s
“Coach Wooden and Me is a must read for any sports fan who wants to go deep into the relationship of a great coach and a great player. Two great men pop off the pages and in the process address a real American dilemma: How can a white person from the Midwest who never had to confront racism understand and relate to an urban African-American man who had to confront it almost every day of his life. Coach and Kareem did just that and present a divided American with a path for understanding. I treasure this book just as I treasure my 55 year friendship with Kareem.”
Dr. Richard Lapchick
Director, The Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida
“I got teary-eyed toward the end when he addressed the importance of inclusion and being careful not to leave any one out because it will hurt them.”