He’s legendary to some, unknown to others. It was 1908 when Jack Johnson became the first African-American to win a heavyweight boxing championship. In a Jim Crow era, Johnson’s win was controversial, as was his interracial dating and marriage. We look at his life and legend.


  • Geoffrey Ward Historian, screenwriter, and documentarian; also author of "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson" (Knopf)

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