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
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