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NBA unveils Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (right) was among a group of leading African-American athletes who gathered to give support and hear the boxer Muhammad Ali give his reasons for rejecting the draft during the Vietnam War in 1967 (Credit: Getty Images)

The National Basketball Association has unveiled the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, a new annual honor that will recognize a current NBA player for "pursuing social justice and upholding…