Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Faye Spanos Concert Hall
3511 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95204

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the National Basketball Association's (NBA) all-time leading scorer, a best-selling author and historian, will speak at University of the Pacific as part of the 2013 Black History Month Celebration.

He will discuss lessons he learned as a professional athlete, his accomplishments since he retired from playing basketball and his love of history which inspired his latest book, "What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American inventors."

The event will be held in the Faye Spanos Concert Hall on Tuesday, February 26, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

"Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American icon who has demonstrated that through hard work and determination, anything is possible," said Randall Ogans, Co-chair of Pacific's Black History Month committee. "He is an amazing athlete and role model to people all over the world. He has dedicated his life to learning and writing about history, promoting literacy and celebrating cultural diversity. "

Abdul-Jabbar is best known as a basketball player for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, having played professional basketball from 1969 to 1989. During that time, he played in 1,560 games, the second highest ever in the NBA's history. He remains the NBA's all-time leading scorer with a total of 38,387 points. During his career, he won six NBA Championships, was selected most valuable player six times, was selected on the All-NBA team 10 times and was named an NBA All-Star 19 times. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. On Nov. 16th, 2012, a 16-foot bronze statue of Abdul-Jabbar was unveiled in front of the Staples Center, home of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar is the second major speaker for Pacific's 2013 Black History Month Celebration. The University previously announced that Grammy Award-winning singer Anthony Hamilton would lecture and perform on Feb. 7 at the Bob Hope Theatre. The celebration also will include a poetry reading from Nathaniel Mackey and a Gospel concert. For more information about Pacific's Black History Month Celebration, visit go.pacific.edu/BlackHistory.

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David Hudson

David Hudson left a negative review 2/25/2013

First, I appreciate the road Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has paved for equality in American athletics and sympathize with the discrimination Mr. Jabbar may have faced at the outset of his career. However, Kareem perpetuated ignorance of our founding fathers, blatantly lied about the perspective of the Tea Party, stated that the reason black athletes like Evander Holyfield have lost their fortunes is because of white oppression, and reinforced ideas of government dependence and the fault of white Americans for every problem the black American has ever had. I attended in the hope of hearing an acknowledgment of past wrongs by the United States, which I received plenty of, but was hopeful he would encourage a policy of proving stereotypes wrong with actions and achievement despite oppression rather than leaving behind a legacy of dependent excuse makers. His speech seemed to reinforce structural binaries with his distinguishing of black Americans from white Americans, rather than referring to everyone as just "American". He spoke of the need to make sacrifices for the little guy, but arrogantly pointed out that it was Magic Johnson's job to make sacrifices in order to let someone "who can score" have the ball. Everyone but Kareem seemed to be making the sacrifices in his analogies. I hope that the audience was skeptical of the majority of his claims and know the truth about history beyond the talking points of modern liberals.