• 5 Things To Know About Legendary Boxer Jack Johnson

    6 monthes ago - By Essence

    Thursday, Donald Trump posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson, the first Black man to become heavyweight champion of the world in 1908.
    "Today I've issued an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, posthumously, to John Arthur 'Jack' Johnson... The first African-American heavyweight champion of the world, a truly great fighter. Had a tough life," Trump said during a ceremony in the Oval Office.
    In true Trump fashion, America's chief executive did not know about Johnson's harrowing story until he was approached by Rocky creator, Sylvester Stallone, back in April.
    "Sylvester Stallone called...
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  • People Are Questioning Donald Trump's Motives For Pardoning Legendary Boxer Jack Johnson 

    6 monthes ago - By Essence

    On Thursday, President Donald Trump granted a posthumous presidential pardon to legendary boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American boxing heavyweight champion.
    Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted of violating The Mann Act in 1913 after taking his white wife, Lucille Cameron, across state lines for what the white jury called "immoral purpose."
    NPR News reports that Trump signed the pardon after actor Sylvester Stallone reached out. Trump called Johnson "one of the greatest that ever lived," before adding that many people saw the boxer's conviction "as a racially motivated...
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