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UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Lecture Series presents Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

March 2 | 7:00pm

Basketball legend turned author and political activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will give a speech and take questions as the guest of the UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Lecture Series and the Muslim Student Association. He will have a book signing after his talk. Copies of his books will be available for purchase. Abdul-Jabbar will sign only his books, not memorabilia.

One of the NBA’s most dominant players, Abdul-Jabbar was six-time most valuable player, 19-time all-star, six-time NBA champion, career points leader and many more. He retired in 1989 after a 20-year career and was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

In retirement, Abdul-Jabbar has built a career as a bestselling author, activist and cultural commentator. He has published works about the Harlem Renaissance, a history of African-American intellectual accomplishment, a black tank battalion in World War II, a mystery novel and other subjects. His most recent book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White,” talks about the country’s partisan divide, bringing to bear his experience as an athlete, African American and Muslim.

Abdul-Jabbar is a regular contributing columnist for the Washington Post and Time magazine. In November, President Barack Obama awarded him the nation’s highest honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, citing his basketball career and his work as an “outspoken advocate for social justice.”

Tickets  can be obtained at the information center in the UWM Student Union, by calling 414-229-4825, or online at

Times: 6:00 p.m. doors; 7:00 p.m. lecture


UWM students with student ID: Free

UWM Faculty, Staff & Alumni, and Non-UWM Students w ID: $10 in advance; $15 at the door

Public: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

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