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Giant Negro Rehabilitation – Jack Johnson’s Possible Pardon

Jack Johnson was a turn of the last century prize fighter whose flamboyant lifestyle, penchant for white women, and racial politics of the time put him on a collision course with the powers that be – much as Muhammad Ali’s stand against the Vietnam War. A collision course that would see Jack Johnson jailed.

Hat Tip – The Grio

Fans fight for pardon of boxer Jack Johnson

A century ago, black heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson reached the pinnacle of his career when he defeated “Great White Hope” Jim Jeffries in Reno in what was billed as the “Fight of the Century.”

One hundred years later fans of the legendary fighter are still seeking a posthumous presidential pardon for Johnson, saying that his later conviction for transporting a woman across state lines for immoral purposes was steeped in racism.

The Johnson faithful will gather here July 2-4 for the centennial of the July 4, 1910, bout to celebrate his life. They also hope to build on a resolution passed by Congress last year urging President Barack Obama to issue the pardon. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2010 in Giant Negros

 

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