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With Fight the Power, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Chronicles America's History of Social Justice

'Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America' proves that civil disobedience is as American as apple pie.

When you hear the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, not only is his status as an NBA legend cemented until the end of time, but his activism off the court is arguably just as profound. And as that passion for social justice has manifested in a multitude of ways throughout the course of his career, his latest endeavor seeks to put the fight for equality and inclusion into proper context.

As we previously reported at The Root, the six-time NBA champ is executive producing Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America, a new one-hour documentary “which will chronicle the key movements that have made a major impact throughout U.S. history, including the labor movement of the 1880s, women’s suffrage and civil rights, as well as LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter movements.” The UCLA alum will also serve as narrator for the project, which is set to debut on the History Channel during Juneteenth.

Ahead of its premiere, Abdul-Jabbar spoke to The Root about the film and explained his decision to become involved with such a powerful documentary.


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