Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Abdul-Jabbar in 2008, photo by Prphotos.com

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 grandfather was Cyrus Alcindor (the son of Charles Alcindor and Mary Alexander). Cyrus was from Point Fortin, in southwestern Trinidad.

Kareem’s paternal grandmother was named Venus Prince. Venus was from Grand Rivere, on Trinidad’s north coast.

Kareem’s maternal grandmother was named Ola Jane Douglas (the daughter of James/Joe Douglas and Elva V.). Ola was born in North Carolina.

Sources: Genealogy of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – http://freepages.rootsweb.com

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

8 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    Kareem’s paternal grandfather was Cyrus Alcindor (the son of Charles Alcindor and Mary Alexander) . Cyrus was from Point Fortin in southwestern Trinidad.

    Kareem’s maternal grandmother was named Venus Prince. Venus was from Grand Rivere on Trinidad’s north coast.

    Kareem’s maternal grandmother was Ola Jane Douglas (the daughter of James/Joe Douglas and Elva V.). Ola was born in North Carolina.

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