Kareem Offers Simple Answers to Complex Issues at Kalamazoo Public Library

Writings on the Wall

KALAMAZOO, MI — There are a lot of people here who want to make America a better place, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“They might not look like you,” the basketball legend and author said Tuesday in Kalamazoo. “They might come from a totally different tradition. But they have the same goals and they believe in the (U.S.) Constitution and equal protection under the law. That appeals to everybody and most people wouldn’t stay here if that wasn’t the case.”

That was Abdul-Jabbar’s response when asked what he hoped people would take from reading his latest book and from hearing a discussion Tuesday evening of some of the issues addressed in the book.

A full house of more than 3,500 people were in attendance to hear him discuss “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.”

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