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Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-12

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Creator:Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Creator:Branch, Taylor
Creator:Russell, Bill, 1934-
Title:Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington, 2013-05-12
Date:2013 May 12
Description:

Basketball player Bill Russell remembers his childhood in Louisiana and Oakland, California, in the 1940s. After winning two Final Fours with the University of San Francisco, he won an Olympic gold medal and an NBA championship playing for the Boston Celtics, one of thirteen Russell would win, including eight in a row. Russell had a difficult relationship with the sports media in Boston, but a better one with his Celtics teammates. He defends the organization as progressive on racial matters (as opposed to the Red Sox) and describes a post-retirement reconciliation with Boston that resulted in considerable Red Sox support for his mentoring organization and a statue of him, erected in 2013.

Types:Oral histories (document genres) | Interviews | InteractiveResource
Subjects:African American basketball players--Interviews | Discrimination in sports--United States | Boston Celtics (Basketball team) | Seattle (Wash.), 47.60621, -122.332071 | King County (Wash.)
Collection:Civil Rights History Project
Institution:Library of Congress
Contributors:American Folklife Center
Original Material:

Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Forms part of online collection: Civil Rights History Project

Persistent Link to Item:http://www.loc.gov/item/afc2010039_crhp0088/