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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Humanitarian, Activist, Author & Former NBA Player

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Biography

A natural born leader and competitor, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, of Gulfport, Mississippi was formerly known as Chris Jackson before converting to Islam in 1991. He is a Humanitarian, Activist, Author, and Former NBA Player with unimaginable career stats and community impact. He is perhaps most well-known for being exiled from the league for praying—instead of standing and saluting the flag – during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games throughout the 1995–96 season. Abdul-Rauf’s protest sent shockwaves through the NBA that can still be felt today.

Abdul-Rauf grew up with Tourette's syndrome (undiagnosed until the age of 17), which is a driving force behind his support for mental health causes and initiatives.

As an athlete he has set several freshman scoring records at Gulfport High School. He earned first-team All-America honors both years at LSU. He was taken with the third overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1993, appeared in the Slam Dunk Contest at the 1993 NBA All-Star Weekend, and was one of the league's most accurate free throw shooters. In 2020 LSU retired Abdul-Rauf’s Number 35 basketball jersey and in 2022 he was recognized by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

In his unwavering faith in Islam Abdul-Rauf preaches “The goal in life is to find your gift, the purpose in life is to give it away."

Today Abdul-Rauf spends a lot of time traveling extensively in the U.S. and abroad doing speaking engagements and basketball training while also partnering with organizations that align with his faith on issues such as Education, Social Justice, Mental Health and Humanitarianism.

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In the Blink of an Eye: An Autobiography

In the Blink of an Eye: An Autobiography

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf?

    Speaking fees for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for your next private or corporate function.
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Humanitarian, Activist, Author & Former NBA Player

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Biography

A natural born leader and competitor, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, of Gulfport, Mississippi was formerly known as Chris Jackson before converting to Islam in 1991. He is a Humanitarian, Activist, Author, and Former NBA Player with unimaginable career stats and community impact. He is perhaps most well-known for being exiled from the league for praying—instead of standing and saluting the flag – during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before games throughout the 1995–96 season. Abdul-Rauf’s protest sent shockwaves through the NBA that can still be felt today.

Abdul-Rauf grew up with Tourette's syndrome (undiagnosed until the age of 17), which is a driving force behind his support for mental health causes and initiatives.

As an athlete he has set several freshman scoring records at Gulfport High School. He earned first-team All-America honors both years at LSU. He was taken with the third overall pick in the 1990 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. NBA Most Improved Player Award in 1993, appeared in the Slam Dunk Contest at the 1993 NBA All-Star Weekend, and was one of the league's most accurate free throw shooters. In 2020 LSU retired Abdul-Rauf’s Number 35 basketball jersey and in 2022 he was recognized by Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.

In his unwavering faith in Islam Abdul-Rauf preaches “The goal in life is to find your gift, the purpose in life is to give it away."

Today Abdul-Rauf spends a lot of time traveling extensively in the U.S. and abroad doing speaking engagements and basketball training while also partnering with organizations that align with his faith on issues such as Education, Social Justice, Mental Health and Humanitarianism.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Videos

  • Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf opens up about controversial NBA career
    Former NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf sits down with TODAY’s Craig Melvin to open up about his controversial career in the NBA being cut short for...
  • Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on new autobiography and athlete activism
    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a star NBA player who was suspended by the league for refusing to stand for the national anthem before games. On Monday, Oct....
  • STAND (2023) | Teaser | Streaming 2023 on SHOWTIME
    STAND is a raw and unflinching examination of the courageous and remarkable life of basketball star and social justice activist Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf....

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  • How to book Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf?

    Speaking fees for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for your event is available upon request. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shawn Bradley, Phil Ford, Becky Hammon, Kevin Durant and Hakeem Olajuwon. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Speaker Videos

  • Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf opens up about controversial NBA career
    Former NBA star Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf sits down with TODAY’s Craig Melvin to open up about his controversial career in the NBA being cut short for refusing to stand up for the national anthem in 1996...
    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on new autobiography and athlete activism
    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a star NBA player who was suspended by the league for refusing to stand for the national anthem before games. On Monday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 p.m. ET, join Washington Post sports...
  • STAND (2023) | Teaser | Streaming 2023 on SHOWTIME
    STAND is a raw and unflinching examination of the courageous and remarkable life of basketball star and social justice activist Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. The feature-length documentary includes the voices...
    I STILL Don't Stand for the Anthem! | Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
    Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a successful NBA player when he refused to stand up for the national anthem. He tells us why he made that decision and how it has impacted his life since.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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