Taking Diplomacy to New Heights

Posted by Ann Stock
January 19, 2012

On Wednesday, January 18, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's All-Time Leading Scorer and New York Times' best-selling author, will serve as a Global Cultural Ambassador.

As a Cultural Ambassador, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar will work with young people worldwide and use people-to-people interactions as a means to create opportunities for greater understanding. He'll kick-off those efforts next week in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Click here to learn more.

"I am excited and honored to serve my country as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State," said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who has focused his efforts after his NBA career on engaging youth through socially-minded projects and education. "I look forward to meeting with young people all over the world and discussing ways in which we can strengthen our understanding of one another through education, through sports, and through greater cultural understanding."

While in Brazil, Mr. Abdul-Jabbar will lead conversations with young people on the importance of education, racial justice, cultural understanding, and using sports as a means of empowerment. In addition, he will participate in basketball clinics with young people in both cities.

In June 2011, Abdul-Jabbar was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama and received the Lincoln Medal from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The medal honors Abdul-Jabbar's commitment to education and equality which reflects the legacy of President Abraham Lincoln.

Stay up-to-date on Kareem Abdul Jabbar's efforts as a Global Cultural Ambassador via @ConnectStateGov on Twitter, and check out additional video from yesterday's announcement here.



January 20, 2012

John in Canada writes:

What would Lincoln think of this?


I think Lincoln would think it a disgrace.

Whats the story behind these people and why have they been so badly abused by 2 presidents and the US court system.

This takes diplomacy to all new lows.

Perhaps Kareem Abdul-Jabbar can help them (sarcasm)


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