Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley posted the entire Bill Russell statue resolution as a "note" via her Facebook account. She was kind enough to add me as a friend so I could check it out:
WHEREAS, Bill Russell is known as the cornerstone of the brilliantly successful Boston Celtics from 1956-1969, and was professional sports’ first African-American head coach; and,
WHEREAS, Due in large part to the talents of Bill Russell, the Celtics completely dominated the basketball world in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, winning an unprecedented eight consecutive NBA championships and eleven total NBA championships; and,
WHEREAS, Bill Russell entirely revolutionized the center position and the game as a whole; and,
WHEREAS, Bill Russell’s impressive statistics as a two-time NCAA champion, an Olympic gold medalist, five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, and a twelve-time All-Star, substantiate his position as a member of both the professional and collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and as one of the greatest players of all time; and,
WHEREAS, Bill Russell is recognized as a devoted advocate for civil rights who came of age during a tumultuous period in American history, and as a man who stood tall, both literally and figuratively, in a climate often rife with bigotry, who then shattered the falsehoods of prejudice through hard work and determination, and met with unparalleled professional success; and,
WHEREAS, On February 15, 2011 Bill Russell was awarded the highest civilian honor in the nation, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by President Obama; and,
WHEREAS, President Obama called for a statue of Bill Russell to be placed in the City of Boston during the awards ceremony.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,
That the Boston City Council joins in the chorus of support for the raising of a statue commemorating Bill Russell and all of his accomplishments, both on and off the court, in the City of Boston and calls for philanthropic organizations, local businesses and civic leaders to support this endeavor.
Filed: March 1, 2011