Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

NBA legend and New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar comes to Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre as part of the Attucks at 100 celebration! Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a six-time NBA champion and the league’s only six-time MVP. A respected thinker and speaker, he is 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. His columns have won him two consecutive Best Columnist of the Year awards from the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards, 2017 & 2018.

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 New York Times best-selling author, he has written 14 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. The audiobook edition of Becoming Kareem has even been nominated for a GRAMMY® for Best Children’s Album. His second installment of the Mycroft Holmes series, entitled Mycroft & Sherlock, was released in October 2018. He recently participated in Season 26 of Dancing With the Stars, alongside 2017’s Mirrorball winner, Lindsay Arnold.

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. In 2017 Abdul-Jabbar, an avid numismatic coin collector, was appointed as the first African-American to the CCAC (Citizens Coin Advisory Council) in its 100-year history, where he helps decide on all coins that are to be minted in The United States. Before leaving office President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

After 50 years as an athlete and activist, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offers his perspectives as a nationally recognized speaker who regularly appears on the lecture circuit—now you can hear him speak at the Attucks Theatre!

About Attucks at 100
Attucks at 100 is the year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre. Designed by architect Harvey Johnson and built in 1919, this Norfolk icon is the oldest theater in the U.S. that was built and financed by African Americans. It was named in honor of Crispus Attucks, an African American who was the first patriot to lose his life in the fight for American independence, in the Boston Massacre of 1770.

Located on Church Street, one of the oldest thoroughfares in the city and home to a proud African American community, the Attucks Theatre was often referred to as the “Apollo of the South.” Through the years, the Attucks showcased a host of legendary performers including big band hit-makers Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine; chart-topping singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and Nat King Cole; pioneering artists like operatic star Marian Anderson and blues queen Bessie Smith; jazz royalty including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton and Errol Garner; comedians Redd Foxx, Slappy White and Moms Mabley; R&B trailblazers Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, and The Flamingos; and such homegrown stars as Norfolk’s Gary U.S. Bonds and Portsmouth’s Ruth Brown. Today, the Attucks is home to great performances of all kinds, including concerts, dance performances, theater, comedy and more. Stay tuned for more announcements of performances and special community events as the yearlong celebration of Attucks at 100 continues.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar