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Past Event

Evening From the Archives: Black History Month Special with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Van Jones

In honor of Black History Month, we’re diving into our archives to bring back some of our favorite and most impactful Commonwealth Club programs of the last few years. From Dr. Ibram X. Kendi talking about his groundbreaking book How to Be an Antiracist with Alicia Garza in 2019 to Stacey Abrams discussing the fight for voting rights with "Pod Save America"’s Dan Pfeiffer last year, we’ve been honored to host some of the brightest and most influential Black speakers.

For our third program, we're re-airing our 2016 conversation between Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and Van Jones, founder of the Dream Corps, an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, and a popular voice on CNN. Before the 2016 election, Abdul-Jabbar sat down with Jones to discuss his new book, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White. During a powerful hour of conversation, they touched on politics, race, religion, inequality, sports and the media.

Join us for an Evening from the Archives special, and join the live chat to talk about the program and the Club with other members and supporters.


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February 15, 2021

United States

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
NBA Hall of Fame Inductee; Author, Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White
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In Conversation with Van Jones
CNN Host and Commentator; Founder, Dream Corps

6–7 p.m. (Pacific Time) program