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The Distinguished Lecture Series presents: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

March 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar returns to Milwaukee years after leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their only NBA championship in 1971. Join us as he speaks about his personal journey and experiences both as a Muslim icon and a social activist in America who has achieved great professional success against many odds.

Kareem is a basketball legend; he is the National Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer, a six-time champion, and a 19-time All-Star. The list of accomplishments he has as an athlete goes on, but Kareem says, “I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop; my greatest asset is my mind.”

After retirement, Kareem has remained active. A respected writer and thought leader, Kareem is the author of 11 books, including the recent title Writings on the Wall – Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. He is also a 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.

In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States, by President Barack Obama. In 2012, Kareem was appointed to be the only U.S. Cultural Ambassador by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His Skyhook Foundation brings educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities.

The Muslim Student Association and Student Involvement are honored to welcome Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In a world where Islam and Muslims are often misunderstood, Kareem provides insight into his experiences as an African American convert to Islam, and the role his identity and beliefs played in his life, in overcoming adversity and achieving success.

Book signing to follow. Books will be available for sale. No memorabilia will be signed.

Priority seating for UWM Students on a first come, first serve basis. Bus shuttles available for UWM students – information TBA.

Tickets available starting February 15, 2017 at the Union Information Center or by calling (414)229-4825. General Public tickets will also available online; link will be provided here.

Advance Tickets: Door Tickets:
UWM Students w/ ID FREE FREE
Campus Community (UWM Faculty, Staff, Alumni) and Non-UWM Students w ID $10 $15
General Public $15 $20

For more information, call UWM Student Involvement: (414) 229-5780, visit dls.uwm.edu or email Sociocultural Program Manager Claudia E. Guzmán: guzmanc@uwm.edu.

For media inquiries, call 414-229- 7490 or email media-services@uwm.edu.


March 2, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


UWM Muslim Student Association
Student Involvement
Sociocultural Programming
Student Affairs
Global Inclusion and Engagement
Baye Foundation
Campus Activities Board
Cultures and Communities
UWM Athletics
Islamic Society of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition
UWM University Recreation


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