Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to Bill Russel, Maya Angelou and civil rights leaders

President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to former President George H.W. Bush and 14 others, including poet Maya Angelou, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, investor Warren Buffett and basketball legend Bill Russell.

The medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions “to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”


[The Definition] Bill Russell

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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