An Evening with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

April 5, 2019

On March 28, 2019, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came to my university for a moderated Q&A related to civility (sorry it took me so long to write this by the way; life has been crazy… and by “life,” I mean school). I had been looking forward to this for months; my friend and I arrived an hour before the event started, so we could get a good seat. With good seats came decent pictures.

Here are some of my favorite moments (besides a teacher behind us calling one of the moderators a dumba** because the male moderator was really weird while asking questions; that was the funniest moment of the night):

There were some things he talked about that I’m not going to go into too much detail about but still wanted to mention. I don’t want this to be centuries long; he talked about the topics of (and related to): racism, writing, activism, social and political issues. He gave his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick, about which he said “The truth is the truth, and that’s why people had a hard time with what he did,” and the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also talked about the president, in which he said, “What comes out of his mouth is gibberish,” and everyone applauded. Kareem also shared some great stories and passions, like Lewis Latimer being his favorite inventor that he wrote about.

Some of the questions (I paraphrased some of them, so if they’re not a proper question, don’t be upset) with the corresponding answers:

Something else that Kareem said (and I don’t know where to put it because I can’t remember the question): “College kids have to keep their eyes open because they have to look for the next problem. (directed to us) You guys have to anticipate the next problem and be ready for it. I would have advise you guys to keep your eyes open and keep a positive attitude.”

Everything that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said was both motivating and inspiring. It was an honor spending an evening in a room with such a legend.

If you had the opportunity to ask Kareem one question, what would it be?

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