Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA Legend

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.