Jack Johnson

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Birthday
31, 1878
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Jun 10, 1946 (68)
Birth Sign
Aries
Birthday
31, 1878
Birthplace
Texas
Death Date
Jun 10, 1946 (68)

About

Revered boxer nicknamed "The Galveston Giant" famous for becoming the first African-American World Heavyweight Boxing Champion in history. His 1913 conviction for allegedly violating the "Mann Act" was met with much controversy, making him a lightning rod for racially-charged discourse in America.

Before Fame

He was born in Gavelston, Texas and worked as a janitor and horse exerciser before making his professional boxing debut in November 1898.

Trivia

In 1910, he defeated the previously undefeated Heavyweight Champion James J. Jeffries in a fight that has become popularly known as "The Fight of the Century."

Family Life

His three marriages, each to a white woman, were highly controversial at the time.

Associated With

A documentary about his life by renowned documentarian Ken Burns, titled "Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson," was released in 2004.