Today in Black History: March 31, 1878 “The Birth of Boxer Jack Johnson”

Jack Johnson

On today in 1878, heavyweight boxing legend John Arthur “Jack” Johnson was born. In 1908, Jack Johnson became the first African-American heavyweight champion. Jack Johnson held the title of heavyweight champion until 1915. Jack Johnson is not only known for being an extraordinary boxer, but for is the accusations that followed him in 1912.” In 1912, he was convicted of violating the Mann Act for bringing his white girlfriend across state lines before their marriage. Sentenced to prison, he fled to Europe, remaining there as a fugitive for seven years. He returned to the United States in 1920 and ultimately served out his sentence.” In 1946, Jack Johnson died in a car accident in North Carolina. Jack Johnson was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1990. For more information on Jack Johnson check out the documentary below!

Source: bio.True Story

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