Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion and civil rights activist, died at the age of 88

Bill Russell, an 11-time NBA champion and civil rights activist, died at the age of 88 ...

Bill Russell, a former NBA champion, civil rights advocate, and pioneer, has died at the age of 88, according to his family's official Twitter account.

Bill Russell, the most prolific athlete in American sports history, passed away peacefully today, with his wife, Jeannine, by his side. The arrangements for his memorial service will be announced shortly.

Bill Russell played thirteen seasons with the Boston Celtics. He was honored with five MVP awards, four rebounding titles, and was named to all four NBA anniversary teams, as a player, and two as the first Black NBA head coach in 2009.

Russell was a tireless advocate for social change, while standing alongside Martin Luther King in 1963's March on Washington. Muhammad Ali was a world-class boxer when he opposed the United States military draft in 1967.

Bill Russell was honored by former US President Barack Obama in 2010 for his outstanding civil rights work, honoring his bravery in difficult times.

Bill knew what it took to win and what it took to lead, perhaps more than anyone else. On the court, he was the greatest champion in basketball history. On the other hand, he was a civil rights pioneer, standing alongside Dr. King and Muhammad Ali.

Obama addressed the death of the Celtics' legend and his contribution to society as a whole.

Bill Russell surpassed him as a player and as a person today, according to former President Barack Obama. I learned so much from him as a player, the way he coached, and the way he lived his life.

Other NBA champions expressed their gratitude and condolences for the passing icons, such as Michael Jordan, who spoke out against the Bills' destruction of the NBAs race barrier, paving the way for players like him.

Michael Jordan on Bill Russell's passing:

Bill Russell paved the way for every Black player who came into the game after him, including me. The world has lost a legend. My condolences to his family, and may he rest in peace.

Bill Russell's family and friends are being sent our condolences by VIBE. May he rest in peace.

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