Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to speak at Northwestern

Drew Gerber, Assistant Campus Editor

Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will speak about his experiences as a black Muslim convert in professional basketball, as well as his work promoting education and athletics, on Nov. 6 as part of the annual Muslim-cultural Students Association fall keynote event.

Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and holds the record for MVP awards with six. He also won six NBA championships during a 20-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers

Abdul-Jabbar, a bestselling author and contributing columnist for Time magazine and The Washington Post, comments on political and social issues ranging from gun control to the 2016 presidential campaign. As part of his keynote, Abdul-Jabbar will address possible solutions to these issues.

The event will be moderated by Omer Mozaffar, the Muslim chaplain at Loyola University Chicago, who has previously served as a professor at the University of Chicago and DePaul University. Trained in Islamic studies, Mozaffar has taught on a variety of cultural and religious Islamic topics.

Tickets for the event in Ryan Auditorium are free and will become available through the Norris Box Office at 5 p.m. on Oct. 23.

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