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Jack Johnson, Heavyweight Champion of the World

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President Donald Trump has tweeted that he considering granting posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion. In 1913 Johnson’s life and career were derailed after he was convicted under a human trafficking law for taking his white girlfriend across state lines for “immoral” purposes. The law was historically used in racially motivated cases to prosecute black. Johnson died in 1946.

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