Film, Video Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington, 2013 May 12
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- Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington, 2013 May 12
- 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.
- Russell, Bill, 1934- interviewee
- Branch, Taylor, interviewer
- Civil Rights History Project (U.S.)
Created / Published
- - Russell, Bill,--1934---Interviews
- - Boston Celtics (Basketball team)
- - African American basketball players--Interviews
- - Discrimination in sports--United States
- Filmed Interviews
- Oral histories
- Video recordings
- - Recorded in Seattle, Washington, on May 12, 2013.
- - Civil Rights History Project Collection (AFC 2010/039), Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
- - Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
- - Bill Russell was a leader in the sports arena as an advocate for justice and equality, both as a member of the basketball teams for the University of San Francisco and the Boston Celtics.
- - The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
- - In English.
- - Finding aid http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/eadafc.af013005
- 11 video files of 11 (Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (187 min.) : digital, sound, color.
- 1 transcript (60 pages).
- Civil Rights History Project collection AFC 2010/039: 0088
- Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
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Chicago citation style:
Russell, Bill, Interviewee, Taylor Branch, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington. 2013. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669187/.
APA citation style:
Russell, B., Branch, T. & Civil Rights History Project, U. S. (2013) Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669187/.
MLA citation style:
Russell, Bill, Interviewee, Taylor Branch, and U.S Civil Rights History Project. Bill Russell oral history interview conducted by Taylor Branch in Seattle, Washington. 2013. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669187/>.