Friday, February 20, 2015

Black History Month STYLIN': Jack Johnson



DAY 20: Jack Johnson


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."
Jack Johnson

For more on Jack Johnson check out biography.com.


CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY!