Magic Johnson: Basketball Legend, Entrepreneur, and HIV/AIDS Activist

Magic Johnson: Basketball Legend, Entrepreneur, and HIV/AIDS Activist

by Diane Dakers


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Throughout his life, basketball superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson has met both challenges and opportunities with perseverance and leadership. Dubbed "Magic," Johnson blazed a spectacular career in basketball. His play with the Los Angeles Lakers as point guard alongside center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as his epic rivalry with the Boston Celtics’ forward Larry Bird, marked a legendary era in the NBA. In 1991, Magic announced he had tested positive for HIV, a virus that can lead to the life-threatening disease AIDS, and was retiring from basketball. Little was known then about HIV/AIDS and its prevention. His declaration shocked the public but succeeded in putting a familiar and much-admired face on a disease that was shrouded in fear and prejudice. Magic Johnson's legacy includes his inspirational work as an advocate for the prevention of HIV and the still-incurable disease AIDS through his own foundation, which provides programs for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, including testing and safe sex practices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778726104
Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/26/2016
Series: Crabtree Groundbreaker Biographies Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,200,627
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1090L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Magic Man 4

Chapter 2 Born to Play B-Ball 17

Chapter 3 King of the College Court 41

Chapter 4 Believing in Magic 53

Chapter 5 Changing Course 77

Chapter 6 Magic Johnson Reinvented 97

Chronology 104

Glossary 106

Further Information 108

Index 110

About the Author 112

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