Happy Birthday, Bill Russell!
The legendary Celtics center turns 79 today. Let's celebrate.
Bill Russell turns 79 today. Thereâ€™s no better time than now to re-read Paul Flanneryâ€™s essay about the socially conscious Celtics legend. In the December 2010 issue of Boston, Flannery argued that the city should build a statue to honor Russell. Two-plus years later, a statue is in the works. Still, Flanneryâ€™s piece is worth revisiting:
Russellâ€™s winning is stunning in its own right, but thatâ€™s only part of his story. Throughout his life, Russell has spoken out about injustice and has stood firm in the face of withering racism. A man of both action and intellect, he is an author and an art collector whose favorite childhood refuge was not the gym but the public library. Russell was, and is, a Renaissance man in full. As the author and social activist Dave Zirin puts it: â€śBill Russell is on the Mount Rushmore of great athletes who made a difference. Heâ€™s there with Muhammad Ali, Billie Jean King, and Arthur Ashe. Thatâ€™s Bill Russellâ€™s legacy.â€ť
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/blog/2013/02/12/happy-birthday-bill-russell/