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Posthumous Pardon For Heavyweight Boxer Jack Johnson A Bipartisan Effort

NPR | March 5, 2013 3:20 p.m.

Democratic Senators Harry Reid and Mo Cowan have joined Republicans John McCain and Representative Peter King to call for the pardon of former heavyweight boxing champ Jack Johnson. He was the first black fighter to win that title, in 1908. Another win in 1910 sparked race riots nationwide, and his relationships with white women only added to the controversy. He was convicted of taking women across state lines for “immoral purpose.” Audie Cornish has more.

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