Abdul-Jabbar Dribbles Into Social Politics At DNC

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the basketball legend and social activist, is expected to speak on Hillary Clinton’s behalf Thursday on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, bolstering a key element of the Democratic presidential nominee’s political platform.

Clinton is presenting herself as a champion of social justice, with a focus on achieving full equality for women in the workplace, LGBT individuals and minority groups. Clinton invited some of the sports world’s most prominent social advocates, including Jason Collins, the NBA’s first openly gay active player, and Abdul-Jabbar, one of the country’s preeminent voices on racial justice, to speak at the DNC this week.

“For Hillary, the idea here is to put out sports stars that can help her recreate the Obama coalition while also pushing forth the idea that Hillary is a game changer, because like these folks, she’s trying to break the glass ceiling,” Ford O’Connell, a conservative political analyst and Republican strategist, told FOXBusiness.com.

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