Jack Johnson - Boxer, Activist
Born: March 31st, 1878
Died: June 10th, 1946
Jack Johnson was the first Black man to win a world heavyweight boxing championship. He won the title in 1908.
Other Johnson Facts
- Jack Johnson was born John Arthur Johnson and his boxing nickname was "The Galveston Giant".
- In 1912, Johnson was convicted of violating the "Mann Act" law for crossing state borders to marry his White girlfriend, but fled to Europe to avoid imprisonment.
"For every point I'm given. I'll have earned two, because I'm a Negro."
For more on Jack Johnson check out biography.com.
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