The Underground Railroad is Kareem Abdul-next Jabar’s documentary topic.
Before the debut of his newest effort, NBA All-Star and activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told the Associated Press that he wants to make a documentary-style piece about the Underground Railroad.
Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America, a documentary about the 1880s labor movement, women’s suffrage, and civil rights, as well as the LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter movements, has Abdul-Jabbar as an executive producer. On Saturday, the History Channel will screen an hour-long program.
However, Abdul-Jabbar stated that he is already planning his next project, which he hopes will delve deeper into the Underground Railroad. He wants to look into the unsung heroes of the historic journey to freedom for enslaved African Americans, according to him.
“Some of the persons involved in the Underground Railroad would never, ever be called heroes. What do you know about Wild Bill Hickok, for example? He and his father and uncle “help[ed]fugitive slaves get to Canada” when he was a teenager, he said in an interview with the Associated Press.
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Abdul-Jabbar is a basketball hero, but the man recognized for his signature skyhook shot has also dedicated his life to promoting equality and social justice.
As executive producer and narrator of the documentary, which premieres on the History Channel on Saturday, Abdul-Jabbar will take another step in his crusade. The one-hour documentary delves at the history of protests that impacted America’s quest for justice.
Fight the Power also includes footage from Abdul-personal Jabbar’s experiences, including covering one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s news conferences at the age of 17 and attending the famous 1967 Cleveland Summit, where prominent Black athletes like Bill Russell and Jim Brown debated Muhammad Ali’s refusal to serve in the Vietnam War.
Deborah Morales, Abdul-co-executive Jabbar’s producer, was emphatic that the documentary cover all groups affected by “bigotry and discrimination,” according to Abdul-Jabbar. His pursuit toward social justice for marginalized people prompted the NBA to create an award bearing his name last month.
In a recent interview, Abdul-Jabbar spoke with the Associated Press about the importance of the project, his unforgettable conversation with King, and how Emmett Till and James Baldwin were catalysts to his. This is a condensed version of the information.