Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


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Birth Name: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Born: 04/16/1947
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA

Born Ferdinand Lewis "Lew" Alcindor on April 16, 1947 in New York City, Abdul-Jabbar was raised an only child in a middle class home by his father, Ferdinand, a transit police officer and jazz musician, and his mother, Cora, a department store clerk. Both shy and studious, Abdul-Jabbar grew up under the specter of segregation and Jim Crow, which had a profound affect on him as a child. Reared in a Catholic household, he attended the St. Jude School before excelling at both academics and basketball while at Power Memorial High School in Manhattan. He later moved on to the University of California, Los Angeles, where he played for three seasons at UCLA under famed coach John Wooden, where he w... Continue Bio >>


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