Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Was Relieved When Juneteenth Became a National Holiday (Extended)
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a former professional basketball player who spent the majority of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. During his career, he became a six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP and 19-time NBA All Star. In addition, he was named Rookie of the Year in 1969. In 2009, Abdul-Jabbar founded his nonprofit, Skyhook Foundation, which aims to provide educational opportunities to fourth- and fifth-graders in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by former President Barack Obama in 2016. In 2021, the NBA created the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award to honor his off the court contributions. Most recently, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named one of the 75 Greatest NBA Players of All Time.