Jersey City-Native & Former NBA Basketball Player
to Speak at Miller Branch’s 12th Annual Black History Month Program
JERSEY CITY, N.J. January 24, 2014 – Former NBA player and now motivational speaker Luther Wright expects to spellbind his audience at the Miller Branch Adults/Young Adults Programming that will present the 12th annual Black History Month celebration at the Miller Branch Library, 489 Bergen Avenue, on Wednesday, February 26, at 5:30 p.m.
Luther Wright’s speaking topic will be “Life Is About Choices.”
Jersey City-native Luther Wright’s ‘hoop dreams’ started from the powerhouse high school team of St. Anthony’s, flunked out, then excelled at Elizabeth High School and Seton Hall University, to become a first-round NBA draft pick for the Utah Jazz. Luther was a rookie on a team with basketball legends Karl Malone and John Stockton. He had money, women, cars, and a luxurious bachelor pad overlooking Salt Lake City. But within a year, ravaged by drugs and unable to cope with life as an NBA star, he was homeless, broke and addicted to crack cocaine. Wright never wanted to play basketball, yet standing more than seven feet tall even as a boy, he thought he had no choice. With a life story that reads like fiction, and an incredibly strong will to survive, Luther Wright talks straight about the self-destructive spiral he found himself on after neglecting his love of music to live others’ dreams of the high-life of a basketball star. After years of living on the streets, he finally found a gift greater than anything his millions could have bought him—God. Today, Wright offers a simple message: believe in yourself, follow your dreams and you’ll see that ‘life is about choices’.
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