Celtics legend Bill Russell has long avoided joining social media, but he came out of the woodwork Monday to voice his opinion about social injustice.
Russell posted a photo of himself wearing the Presidential Medal of Freedom — which was given to him in 2011 by former President Barack Obama — while taking a knee. It stands as the first tweet he ever sent from his Twitter account.
The caption that accompanied the photo reads as follows:
“Proud to take a knee, and to stand tall against social injustice.”
It’s no surprise that Russell is joining the movement to push for equality, as he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his efforts during the civil rights movement. Now, roughly five decades later, he’s joining the fight again.