Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s “Black Cop Kid” Debuts On Amazon Sept. 28

In Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Black Cop’s Kid, readers have an inside account and personal history to an American legend
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In Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Black Cop’s Kid, readers have an inside account and personal history to an American legend, the all-time leading scorer in NBA history, and the hall of fame author and intellectual, told in his own words.

In his new, deeply personal essay, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—the namesake of the league’s new Social Justice Champion award--explores the subject of racial disparities in policing through the prism of his childhood and the influence of his father, an NYPD officer in the 1960s and 70s who walked the beat between two worlds. The essay will be released on September 28th.

Like all Amazon Original Stories, BLACK COP’S KID will be available to read or listen for free for Prime members, and Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Non-Prime members can also pre-order the title for $1.99 here.


Growing up in New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar listened to jazz, watched Jackie Robinson at Ebbets Field, and saw a Black pop-culture icon in a TV western. It kick-started Kareem’s interest in a rich history erased by white educators. It also sparked his activism.

During these years, as Kareem struggled with racism, visibility, and justice, his father’s presence loomed large with purpose. He was a Black cop weathering a complicated conflict of loyalties during the most tumultuous civil rights upheaval the country had ever been through. Now, at a time when his powerful voice is needed the most, Kareem shares his unique perspective from the front lines of sixty years of social change, not just as an activist, but as a son, an athlete, a writer, and a Black man in America.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, one of the most recognized and accomplished basketball players in US history, and the New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books, including Coach Wooden and Me, Becoming Kareem, What Color Is My World?, Writings on the Wall, and a trilogy about Mycroft Holmes. In 2016, Kareem was awarded by President Barack Obama the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. A five-time winner of the Columnist of the Year Award and winner of the NAACP Image Award, Kareem is a contributor for the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, and the Guardian, among many others.

For more information, visit www.kareemabduljabbar.com

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