Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White

Kalamazoo Public Library celebrates the 15th anniversary of Reading Together with Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White by bestselling author and NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017
7 pm - 9 pm
Miller Auditorium
2200 Auditorium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI

Free event. No ticket required.
Books may be purchased at the event

We’re glad to be able to offer this free opportunity to hear Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. While no ticket is required and there are no reserved seats, we are requesting an RSVP so we have an idea of how many people to expect. To keep that count as accurate as possible, we request that each person who plans to attend submit an RSVP with a unique name and email address.

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About The Author

Since retiring from professional basketball as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, six-time MVP, and Hall of Fame inductee, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become a lauded observer of culture and society, a New York Times bestselling author, and a regular contributor to The Washington Post, TIME magazine and TIME.com.

writings-on-the-wall-160He now brings that keen insight to the fore in Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White, his most incisive and important work of non-fiction in years. He uses his unique blend of erudition, street smarts and authentic experience in essays on the country's seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide - both racial and political, parenthood, and his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. The book is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off.

Timed for publication as the nation debates whom to send to the White House, the combination of plain talk on issues, life lessons, and personal stories places Writings on the Wall squarely in the middle of the conversation, as many of Abdul-Jabbar's topics are at the top of the national agenda. Whether it is sparring with Donald Trump, within the pages of TIME magazine, or full-length features in the The New York Times Magazine, writers, critics, and readers have come to agree on what The Washington Post observed: Abdul-Jabbar “has become a vital, dynamic and unorthodox cultural voice.”

About Reading Together

The purpose of Reading Together is to build a stronger community with deeper connections through the common experience of reading the same book and exploring its themes together. When we do that, we engage and learn, not only about ourselves, but more importantly about each other and the world around us. By experiencing the same book, hearing the author of that work speak right here in Kalamazoo, and delving deeper into the books' themes through local programming, we are able to embrace our similarities and differences from a common point of reference.

Very simply, when we read together, we grow together.

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