Home Events Legendary Athlete, Author and Activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Visits Wilkes

Legendary Athlete, Author and Activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Visits Wilkes

by Samantha Stanich

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Basketball Hall of Fame center, author and activist, was interviewed by Wilkes President Patrick F. Leahy for the Max Rosenn Lecture in Law and Humanities. The conversation between Leahy and Abdul-Jabbar encompassed key highlights from the athlete’s life. They included reflections on growing up in Harlem, his time playing at UCLA with legendary coach John Wooden and his eventual transition from being the NBA’s highest scorer to his current role as writer and humanitarian. Abdul-Jabbar also offered thoughtful comments about issues of race in America. During his Sept. 30 visit, Abdul-Jabbar took time for pictures with Wilkes students and signed books after the lecture. The event was attended by more than 900 people, one of the largest audiences for an on-campus lecture in recent University history.

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