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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. This fall Abdul-Jabbar will embark on a cross-country tour as part of “Becoming Kareem,” a stage show in which he’ll discuss his life, answer audience questions and talk about the key mentors in his life he says helped him achieve his goals along the way. — AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

HOBBS, N.M.  — The NBA's all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is coming to southeastern New Mexico as part of a lecture series.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports the 72-year-old retired basketball star is scheduled in November to participate in the Jack Maddox Distinguished Lecture Series.

The event is hosted by the JF Maddox Foundation and University of the Southwest in Hobbs.

Abdul-Jabbar will speak on the value of literacy and growing your mind.

He is a six-time NBA champion and the league's only six-time MVP.

Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. —(AP)

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