Basketball legend-turned-author and political activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is coming back to Milwaukee next month to give a speech and take questions at The Milwaukee Theatre.
Abdul-Jabbar will be a guest of the UW-Milwaukee Distinguished Lecture Series and the Muslim Student Association on March 2. He will sign books – but not memorabilia – after his talk.
His Milwaukee ties, of course, run deep. As the team’s leader, the 1970-71 Bucks won the NBA championship just three years after being created as an expansion franchise, which is still a pro sports record. Abdul-Jabbar was named the regular-season and finals Most Valuable Player.
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 for the event go on sale Feb. 15 and can be obtained at the information center in the UWM Student Union, by calling (414) 229-4825 or at dls.uwm.edu. General public seats are $15 in advance, student price is $10.
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