Russell is The Man. This brother persevered as a champion in one of the most notoriously racist cities in sports. Described as truculent with the media, and scrutinized for not ‘smiling for the people’ Bill Russell lead the Celts to 11 championships in 13 seasons as a player, then 2 more as the first Black head coach in the league. He is an Gold Medal Olympian, and also played on two NCAA Champion teams with University of San Francisco.
Bill Russell is all that we could possibly want out of a Black Athlete; Someone who is Black FIRST, then an Athlete. That’s what’s up.
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Nation’s top Negro athletes gather to hear Muhammad Ali (formerly Cassius Clay) give his reasons for rejecting the draft, United States, June 4, 1967. Photographer unknown, courtesy of Schomburg Center, Art and Artifacts Division.
Front row: Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Kareem Abdul Jabar (formerly Lew Alcindor).
Back row: Carl Stokes, Walter Beach, Bobby Mitchell, Sid Williams, Curtis McClinton, Willie Davis, Jim Shorter, and John Wooten.