Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Birth Name: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.

Place of Birth: New York City, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 16, 1947

Ethnicity: African-Trinidadian, African-American

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American professional basketball player, writer, and actor. He played in the NBA, and is in the Hall of Fame as a Laker. He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

Kareem is the son of Cora Lillian (Douglas), of North Carolina, and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, who was born in New York, to parents from Trinidad. He converted to Islam in the late 1960s.

He has several children, including three with his former wife, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar.

Kareem’s paternal grandparents were Cyrus Alcindor and Venus. Cyrus was from Point Fortin in southwestern Trinidad. Venus was from Grand Rivere on Trinidad’s north coast.

Kareem’s maternal great-grandmother was named Elva V. Douglas.

Sources: Kareem’s father on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Kareem’s father – https://www.findagrave.com

Kareem’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Photo by Prphotos.com

7 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    His grandfather was from Point Fortin in southwestern Trinidad; his grandmother hailed from Grand Rivere on the country’s north coast.

    “I visited in 1969 and went a few times in the 1990s. In 1969, many of my grandmother’s relatives were still alive so I got to meet my great aunt Emily and my great aunt Hilda. And one of my Dad’s first cousins was a magistrate, his name was Francis Alcindor. So, I got to meet some of my cousins and get an idea of who I am. I also sent my kids down there with my Dad to meet them as well,” he said.

    https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/sports/kareem-abdul-jabbar-goes-back-roots/

  2. andrew says:

    note that he is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time

  3. bablah says:

    Finally found his father on a census:
    https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJRX-Q8B

    He was Afro-Trinidadian.

  4. Ardor says:

    Arab name. And also looks Arab.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.