Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the 1964 Harlem Uprising

Chuck Modiano
Apr 5, 2019 - 7:30

“Everybody knows me. I’m the big basketball star, the weekend hero, everybody’s All-American,” 20-year-old UCLA star Lew Alcindor, known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after 1971, told a packed conference of 200 attendees in November 1967. He explained his reasons for boycotting the 1968 Olympics. “Last summer I was almost killed by a racist cop shooting at a Black cat in Harlem,” continued Abdul-Jabbar. “He was shooting on the street — where masses of Black people were standing around or just taking a walk. But he didn’t care. After all we were just a bunch of n—. I found out last summer . . . We catch hell because we are Black. Somewhere each of us has got to...

Login to continue reading.
Dont Have an account? join now
Lost your password? Please enter your username or email address. You will receive a link to create a new password via email.

3 Replies to “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the 1964 Harlem Uprising”

Leave a Reply

Become a member and join TheNorthStar

Join Over 25, 000 members from all 50 states and 100+ countries to
help build and sustain the most courageous Community of liberation
journalism in the world.

More From The North Star

March on Washington 2020 Live...

March on Washington 2020 Live Blog: Thousands Gather in D.C. to End Police Brutality...Read More

Maria Perez, Nicole Rojas & Micah Schaffer
1

SHAUN KING: New Findings in...

SHAUN KING: New Findings in Breonna Taylor’s Case Change Absolutely Everything...Read More

Shaun King
0

Breonna Taylor: Activists...

Breonna Taylor: Activists Call for a Strike After Officers Avoid Charges in Fatal Shooting...Read More

0

See more articles from Chuck Modiano

Follow Chuck Modiano to see more of their article on TheNorth