Two Time NBA Champion Craig Hodges Set to Visit Anderson’s Bookshop
Craig Hodges has never been shy about speaking his mind, and the former Chicago Bull is well known as a passionate voice for civil rights. He paid a price: being blackballed by the NBA. Hodges now has poured his life story into a new book, Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter.
The obstacles Hodges faced shaped his unique experiences in life. These will be presented in his book and shared with fans on Friday, March 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. in downtown Naperville. This event is free and open to the public. To join the booksigning line, please purchase the author’s new book at Anderson’s Bookshop.
About the Book: As a member of the 1992 world-champion Chicago Bulls, a dashiki-clad Hodges delivered a handwritten letter to President George H. W. Bush demanding that he do more to address racism and economic inequality. Hodges was also a vocal union activist, initiated a boycott against Nike, and spoke out forcefully against police brutality in the wake of the Rodney King beating.
But his outspokenness cost him dearly. In the prime of his career, after ten NBA seasons, Hodges was blackballed from the NBA for using his platform as a professional athlete to stand up for justice.
In this powerful, passionate, and captivating memoir, Hodges shares the stories—including encounters with Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Jim Brown, R. Kelly, Michael Jordan, and others—from his lifelong fight for equality for African Americans.
About the author: Craig Hodges played in the NBA for ten seasons, in which he led the league in three-point shooting percentage three times. He won two NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls in 1991 and 1992, and is a three-time Three Point Contest champion at All-Star weekend.
About Anderson’s Bookshop: Craig Hodge’s upcoming visit is part of Anderson’s Bookshops’ calendar of special author events. Anderson’s Bookshops specialize in book sales, author events, book signings, and building a sense of community, learning and fun. The store has been helping Naperville readers for six generations. Additional locations include Downers Grove, at 5112 Main Street (630)-963-2665 and La Grange, at 26 S. La Grange Rd. (708) 582-6353. A toy shop, Anderson’s Toyshop, at 111 W. Jefferson Ave., in Naperville, opened last year. Key to Anderson’s success has been special author events, like the Friday, March 24 program with Craig Hodges at Anderson’s Bookshop.