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Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series Presents KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR

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R.N. Tydings Auditorium

800 N. Jefferson

Hobbs, NM 88240

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the league’s only 6x MVP. He is one of a handful of influential and respected black men in America who has a national platform as a regular contributing columnist for newspapers and magazines around the world, such as The Guardian and The Hollywood Reporter where he shares his thoughts on some of the most socially relevant and politically controversial topics facing our nation today. After 50 years as an athlete and activist, he offers his perspectives as a nationally recognized speaker who regularly appears on the lecture circuit. He is the recipient of 2 Columnist of the Year Awards in (2017 & 2018) by the Southern California Journalism Awards.

Currently, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation whose mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked ” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. A NY Times best-selling author, he has written 15 books, including two recent memoirs: “Becoming Kareem” for young readers, and “Coach Wooden and Me” about his lifelong friendship with famed UCLA coach John Wooden. His second installment of the Mycroft Holmes series, entitled “Mycroft & Sherlock” was released in October of 2018. The last book in the trilogy “Mycroft & Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage” releases September 2019.

His Emmy Award-winning HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, debuted as HBO’s most watched and highest rated sports documentary of all time. Currently, he is in the writers room working on Veronica Mars for Hulu, and in development on his first original T.V. series for Warner Brothers.

Before leaving office President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Mr. Abdul-Jabbar will be signing books in the lobby after the event. You may bring your own book (HARD COVER ONLY) to have signed or you can purchase a book in the lobby before or after the event. Please note: Mr. Adul-Jabbar will not sign memorabilia. Please do not bring these items to the event.

Since its inception in 1989, the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series has been hosted by University of the Southwest. The purpose of the series is to contribute to the quality of life in Lea County, New Mexico and the surrounding area by providing nationally recognized speakers for intellectual stimulation and entertainment. Admission to the lectures is free; however, you must have a ticket to attend.


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