Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is joining the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA Hall of Famer, author and coin collector Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s quest to become the first African-American member of the Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee began nearly two years before U.S. Mint officials announced his appointment Jan. 19 to the coin and medal design review panel.

Deborah Morales, Abdul-Jabbar’s publicist with Iconomy, said Abdul-Jabbar believed then, and continues to believe, he can make a significant contribution to how the nation’s coin and medal designs are conceived and executed.

“As the first African-American to sit on this committee, I will be able to add my voice, as well as the voices of the people of color whom I represent,” Abdul-Jabbar said via email. “I will add an element of diversity in suggesting how America is remembered, as well as how those overlooked people of color who helped build America are remembered.”

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