President Trump considering pardon for boxer
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January

By Stevie Adams / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /


President Donald Trump is considering pardoning
the first black heavyweight boxing champion, Jack Johnson. Trump said Sylvester Stallone called him about
Johnson’s story and that “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial.” Here’s a some background: John Arthur “Jack”
Johnson was born in Galveston, Texas, in 1878. He became the first black boxer to win the
world heavyweight championship. He was convicted in 1913 under the Mann Act
for crossing state lines with a white woman for an “immoral purpose.” It took the all-white jury less than two hours
to convict him. Johnson skipped bail and became a fugitive
for seven years until he turned himself in. He served one year in federal prison. Johnson died in a car crash in 1946. Lawmakers have been trying to pardon Johnson
for years. Former President George W. Bush requested
a pardon in 2008, but it didn’t make it through the Senate. In 2015 an education bill requested a pardon,
and in 2016 multiple members of Congress requested that then-President Barack Obama pardon Johnson.


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