Global Conference 2017

Speaker's Biography

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA Hall of Fame Champion; New York Times best-selling Author

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the National Basketball Association's all-time leading scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the only althete named the league's most valuable player six times. He is a New York Times best-selling author, TV co-host and contributing columnist for newspapers and magazines including the Washington Post, Time and the Hollywood Reporter. In his columns and lectures, Abdul-Jabbar shares his thoughts on socially relevant and politically controversial topics. He also offered his perspectives in the best-seller "Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White." Abdul-Jabbar is chairman of the Skyhook Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. His most recent writing projects include the "Mycroft Holmes" action/mystery novels and comic books based on Sherlock Holmes’ savvy older brother. His memoir "Coach Wooden & Me: Our 50 Year Friendship On and Off the Court" was published in May 2017. Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama.


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