Thomas Whalen on site of Bill Russell statue

In response to a recent column in The Boston Herald, Thomas Whalen, associate professor of social science at Boston University and author of Dynasty’s End: Bill Russell and the 1968 – 69 World Champion Boston Celtics (Northeastern University Press), discusses why he believes a statue of Celtics legend and civil rights activist, Bill Russell, should be erected near the site where Ted Landsmark was attacked by a man using an American flagpole during an anti-busing demonstration in Boston in 1976.

The attack resulted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Herald photograph now known as “The Soiling of Old Glory.”


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