Hero Among Us

Dr. Jean McGuire was honored on February 29th, 2020 when the Celtics faced off against the Houston Rockets.  

Education and civil rights activist Dr. Jean McGuire has spent her lifetime serving the city of Boston. In the 1960’s, McGuire fought passionately for equal rights in education for black communities. She was the first African American female to gain a seat on the Boston School Committee and later served for 43-years as the executive director for the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO); a program aimed to create opportunities for all students to experience the advantages of learning and working in a racially and ethnically diverse setting.

For her lifelong efforts on behalf of activism and education, McGuire was honored as a Hero Among Us in recognition of Black History Month.

Dr. Jean McGuire waves to the crowd after accepting the Boston Celtics Heroes Among Us award during a game on February 29th. In recognition of Black History Month, McGuire was honored as a Hero Among Us for her lifelong efforts on behalf of activism and education.

Since its establishment in 1997 by the Boston Celtics, The Heroes Among Us program has recognized outstanding individuals who have made exceptional and lasting contributions to their communities. The award is presented at every Celtics home game and pays tribute to the heroic achievements of these outstanding citizens. 

CONTACT: Heather Walker, Boston Celtics – 617-594-4453, hwalker@celtics.com