Presidential Medal of Freedom
“Receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom would be an honor under any circumstances, but receiving it from President Obama, who has fought so tirelessly to bring about social justice for everyone, makes it that much sweeter. I’m especially proud to be sharing this award with some of the people who have influenced my life. This acknowledgment invigorates me to continue the battle until everyone shares the great bounty of opportunity that this country has to offer. I’m hoping it will inspire others to do the same.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. He is also one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, 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, activist, and New York Times best-selling author, he offers his perspectives as a nationally recognized speaker who regularly appears on the lecture circuit. His new political book, Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White was released Fall 2016 by Time Books and offers his personal perspectives on political issues facing America today.
At the end of 2015, his Emmy Award-winning HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, debuted as HBO’s most watched and highest rated sports documentary of all time.
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 under-served communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. His most recent projects include the second novel of the Mycroft Holmes action/mystery series based on Sherlock Holmes’s savvy older brother—(Titan Publishing). In addition to the success of his first novel, his comic book series, Mycroft Holmes & the Apocalypse Handbook was released during Comic-Con in San Diego in July 2016 and continues to be a bestseller. His next book will be a memoir: Coach Wooden & Me – our 5 Year Friendship is set to debut May 2017.
To cap an already event-filled year, on November 16, 2016 President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar the nation’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal of Freedom.
And the momentum continues in 2017. An avid numismatic coin collector, in January Abdul-Jabbar was appointed as the first African-American to the CCAC (Citizens Coin Advisory Council). Then a few weeks later before President Obama left office, he appointed Abdul-Jabbar to the Presidents Council on Sports & Fitness.
March 14, 2017 – Meet Kareem at the Kalamazoo Public Library
February 23, 2017
Wednesday February 22 Watch Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on The T.D. Jakes Show (VIDEO)
February 21, 2017
Listen to Kareem on the podcast “Extraordinary Happens” with Mark King
February 15, 2017