Tuesday, September 19, 2017 at 7:30pm
Scot Center’s Timken Gymnasium
1267 Beall Ave
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a leading voice on today’s cultural and political topics and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, will present The College of Wooster’s annual Peter Mortensen Lecture in a conversational format on Tuesday, September 19, at 7:30 p.m.
The program will take place in the Scot Center’s Timken Gymnasium (1267 Beall Ave).
The event is free and open to the public, however, tickets will be required due to expected high demand. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be obtained at the Wilson Bookstore (limit of two per person). The bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and can be reached at (330) 263-2421.
The conversational format will feature Abdul-Jabbar discussing themes from his recent book, “Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.” Following the program, there will be a book signing at the Wilson Governance Room, also located inside the Scot Center. Please note that Abdul-Jabbar will only sign hardcover books (no sports memorabilia).
One of the greatest basketball players ever, Abdul-Jabbar scored 38,387 points during a professional career that spanned from 1969-89. The slender 7-2 center won the NBA Most Valuable Player award six times and was a 19-time NBA All-Star, also records, and helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA championships during the 1980s and the Milwaukee Bucks to their only championship (1971).
Abdul-Jabbar has always been much more than a basketball legend, though. He’s been a New York Times best-selling author; a U.S. cultural ambassador, appointed as such by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2012; and even an entertainer with a number of credited television and film appearances, most notably the 1980 comedy “Airplane!”
Abdul-Jabbar received the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor – from President Barack Obama in 2016. He is a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, Time magazine, and The Hollywood Reporter; the chairman of Skyhook Foundation, his foundation which strives to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t Be Blocked” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to under-served communities; and a nationally-recognized speaker.