NBA all-time leading scorer, bestselling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a six-time NBA champion. A triumphant CML Leukemia cancer survivor, he has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for The Washington Post and Time Magazine, 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, activist, and New York Times bestselling author, he offers his perspectives on how we can work together to solve some of these issues as a nationally recognized speaker. His new political book, “Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White” was released in August 2016 by Time Books and offers his personal perspectives on political issues facing America today.
In 2012, Abdul-Jabbar was appointed to be the U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He is the founder and chairman of the Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to “give kids a shot that can’t be blocked” by bringing educational opportunities to under-served communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. Abdul-Jabbar’s most recent projects include the HBO Sports documentary “Kareem: Minority of One,” which debuted in early November 2015 as HBO’s most-watched and highest-rated sports documentary. His debut fiction novel “Mycroft Holmes” — the first of an action/mystery series based on Sherlock Holmes’s savvy older brother — was released by Titan Publishing in September 2015. Following the success of his novel, the comic “Mycroft Holmes & the Apocalypse Handbook” was released in July 2016.