Bill Russell hugged by President Obama, Boston Trivia

Bill Russell hugged by President Obama during statue dedication in Boston

Boston Trivia

Boston is the hub of a 5.8 million person metro area and 300,000 African Americans call it home.

Compact Boston has the 5th largest financial district in the nation.

The downtown streets, with their maddening layout, actually make sense. The city is so old it developed cow crossings between ranches before it had an urban plan. Those crossings developed into public streets.

The 60-story John Hancock Building is the tallest building in the region, but the 52-story Prudential Building is the only one with a public observatory deck.

Cambridge has more bookstores per capita than any other city; that’s probably true for its coffee shops as well.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was earned his doctorate degree at Boston University.

Malcolm X, then known as Detroit Red, hung out in Boston during his early days as a petty thief and hustler.

Most college graduates stay in this high tech and finance capital.

Metro Boston features headquarters by Liberty Mutual, Gillette, Fleet Bank, John Hancock, EMC and Reebok.

Famous Residents

Celebrated persons born her or who attained a major accomplishment here:

Phyllis Wheatley – First published Black poet in America
Crispus Attucks – First to stand and die for America in the Revolutionary War
George Middleton – Led the (Black) “Bucks of America” in the Revolutionary War
Prince Hall – Founder of African Lodge of Masons in America
Charles Dillaway – 19th century educator and griot
William Lloyd Garrison – Abolitionist publisher
Robert Gould Shaw – Captain of the 54th U.S. Regiment Colored Troops
Lewis Hayden – Activist, Underground Railroad conductor
William Wells Brown – First published African American novelist
William Monroe Trotter – Civic activist, orator
Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois – First African American to earn a Harvard doctorate, educator, co-founder of NAACP
Reginald F. Lewis – First Black Billionaire; attended Harvard Law School
Edward Brooke – First post-Reconstruction Black Us Senator
Bill Russell – Mot decorated Champion basketball player/coach of Boston Celtics
Malcolm X – Founder of Muhammad’s Mosque #11 in Boston
New Edition – Original R&B vocalists

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