In an NBA career that spanned 20 years, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar simply dominated like no other player. At 7 feet 2 inches, Abdul-Jabbar was a threat on both offense, having scored the most points of anyone in NBA history, and on defense, as an 11-time selection to the NBA All-Defensive Team.
But what led him to such great heights in the NBA wasn’t necessarily his stature; it was his leadership, work ethic, and inventiveness– qualities that he strives to pass down to minority boys and girls throughout the United States. As the inventor of the skyhook, Abdul-Jabbar’s unstoppable version of the hook shot, as well as his contributions as an author, actor, and cultural ambassador to the United States, it’s quite appropriate that he would want to write a book that discusses the forgotten history of the African-American inventor, called What Color Is My World?
At the California STEM Learning Summit, Abdul-Jabbar reflects on the qualities he saw in student inventors that were similar to the ones he wrote about in his book– namely ingenuity, perseverance and the desire to make the world a better place.