Black Excellence In History: Jack Johnson

Nicknamed “The Galveston Giant,” boxer Jack Johnson was born in Galveston, Texas in 1878.

He became the first African-American to win the world heavyweight crown as and when he knocked out the reigning champ, Tommy Burns in 1908. Johnson held on to the title until 1915 and continued to box until he was 50. He died in car accident in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1946.

In 1990, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and his life story was the subject of the critically acclaimed Ken Burns’ documentary, Unforgivable Blackness.

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