Are there not 28 black people the city of Boston could honor?
Also, if the idea is to honor a white person who allowed other black people to make history, then what would be the point of black history month?
The point is to honor and remember our joint history by recognizing the efforts of those who changed civil rights in a positive way.
I mean, not to be flip, but who contributed more to civil rights, George Washington Carver or Red Auerbach?
If that was the case it'd be Joint History Month or something.
Ford's message on the observance of black history month says we must "seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history."
So just stick to honoring Black Americans or don't call it Black History Month.
As far as your question goes, I don't like the way it's posited. Technically the white people who wrote and signed the Black Constitution did more than any individual black person, but I'll never say those people contributed more to Civil Rights than the black men and women who gave their lives trying to get those amendments signed in the first place.
I'm not sure what Red's stance was in terms of race and basketball but I assume it was something like "I don't care if you're black, white, or blue, if you can put the ball through the hoop, I want you on my team".
If that's the case, then I really don't give Red credit for signing black players. If anything I'd give credit to the black players for being so good Red had to sign them.