Jack Johnson

American boxer Jack Johnson

John Arthur Johnson (March 31, 1878 – June 10, 1946), nicknamed the “Galveston Giant,” was an American boxer. At the height of the Jim Crow era, Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion (1908–1915). In a documentary about his life, Ken Burns notes, "for more than thirteen years, Jack Johnson was the most famous and the most notorious African-American on Earth. " He is considered a boxing legend and was the first person ever to knock down James J.
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Deceased
10 June 1946
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Multi-season athletic passes are a great bargain - Great Falls Tribune
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ELECTRIC CITYfootball fans who can't take in Great Falls High and CM Russell High games this season are welcome to watch replays, complete with comments from head coaches Matt Krahe and Jack Johnson, during weekly meetings of the GFH Quarterbacks Club
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Jazz Aspen Snowmass finds its groove is ever-changing - Aspen Times
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That's no longer the case; if Jazz Aspen were to fold now, there would be a glaring absence of a stage in the Aspen area for the likes of Neil Young, the Black Eyed Peas and Jack Johnson, and for Widespread Panic, Herbie Hancock, Willie Nelson and
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Butte Bulldogs in town to take on CMR - Great Falls Tribune
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Veteran coach Jack Johnson believes the Rustlers are ready to play, but he and his staff have a bundle of questions to answer about a young and inexperienced team. "We'll rotate a lot of players, look at a lot of kids. We're still undecided in a lot of
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Jack Johnson Donates $30000 To Africa Famine Relief - Post Chronicle
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by Staff Jack Johnson has donated $30000 (£18750) to help feed Africans caught up in the current famine crisis. The singer/songwriter has pledged $10000 (£6250) to Unicef, Save the Children, and the World Food Programme, who are all working
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Rep. Schrader tours canyon sites - Statesman Journal
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Kurt Schrader (left) listens to Jack Johnson explain Santiam Memorial Hospital's expansion project Tuesday during a tour in Stayton. / Denise Ruttan / Statesman Journal From touring construction progress at Santiam Memorial Hospital's expansion project
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Zee Avi Turns Her 'Calling' Into International Success -- Exclusive Video - Spinner
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Newly signed to Jack Johnson's Brushfire records, Avi stopped by Spinner's New York office to tell us about her latest project, 'Ghostbird,' (out Aug. 30) and how she went from YouTube hopeful to international success. "I studied fine art in London,
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Farrell Files: Rays activism a throwback - WTSP 10 News
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Jack Johnson broke the color barrier in boxing in 1908 - becoming the sport's first Heavyweight Champion. In 1947 Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in major league baseball. In 1973 women's tennis star Billie Jean King proved women could play
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Jack Johnson Sentencing Delayed - Washington Informer
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Sentencing for former Prince George's County executive Jack Johnson has been moved from Sept. 15 to Dec. 6. No reason has been reportedly given for the delay. Johnson, 62, of Mitchellville, Md., pleaded guilty in May to a string of charges in a
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Jack Johnson's sentencing for corruption offenses moved to Dec. 6 - Washington Post (blog)
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The investigation is continuing, Maryland US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein has said. Jack Johnson's defense attorney, Billy Martin, did not immediately return a phone call. By Ruben Castaneda | 03:06 PM ET, 08/04/2011
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Electing a replacement for Leslie Johnson on the council - Gazette.net Montgomery County Sports
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And given Jack Johnson's many public missteps while in office he was criticized for giving government contracts to friends, bypassing the process for community grant donations, and concealing information regarding an overseas trip and the costs
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Leslie Johnson attends meeting on PG zoning - Washington Times
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Prince George's County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson, 59, wife of former Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson, stops to make a brief statement to reporters as she makes her exit after entering her plea of guilty to the charge of conspiring to
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OPINION; Redemption in Birmingham
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CHRIS McNAIR, symbol of the civil rights struggle in Birmingham, Ala., reported to federal prison last month, bereft of the media respect that has been his companion for most of his 85 years. In 1963, Mr. McNair's 11-year-old daughter, Denise, died along with three other black Sunday school girls in the Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street
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Jack Johnson carving will stay, if proposal OK'd - Daily News - Galveston County
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GALVESTON — A carving of famed boxer Jack Johnson will not be moved from its place in The Oaks neighborhood if the homeowners association accepts a proposal from the Galveston Redevelopment and Community Enterprise
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Leslie Johnson to resign from council seat - Baltimore Sun (blog)
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Jack Johnson pleaded guilty in May to witness and evidence tampering charges, and to involvement in an extortion conspiracy relating to his official duties as county executive. His sentencing is scheduled for September. The investigation of Jack ... - -
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Johnson to stay on PG Council after guilty plea - Washington Examiner
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Johnson, D-Mitchellville, was arrested with her husband, then- County Executive Jack Johnson, in November in an ongoing FBI investigation of pay-to-play schemes in Prince George's County. She admitted to refusing to answer the door to her Mitchellville ... - -
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90 years ago, boxer Johnson sought his own pardon - The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional backers of a pardon for Jack Johnson, the world's first black heavyweight champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, say his prosecution was racially motivated
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Johnson
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1946
    Age 67
    On 10 June 1946, Johnson died in a car crash on U.S. Highway 1 near Franklinton, North Carolina a small town near Raleigh, after racing angrily from a diner that refused to serve him.
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  • 1945
    Age 66
    Johnson made his final ring appearance at age 67 on November 27, 1945, fighting three one-minute exhibition rounds against two opponents, Joe Jeanette and John Ballcort, in a benefit fight card for U.S. War Bonds.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1938
    Age 59
    Johnson continued fighting, but age was catching up with him. He fought professionally until 1938 at age 60 when he lost 7 of his last 9 bouts, losing his final fight to Walter Price by a 7th-round TKO.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1921
    Age 42
    He was released on 9 July 1921.
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  • 1920
    Age 41
    He surrendered to federal agents at the Mexican border and was sent to the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth to serve his sentence September 1920 as Inmate #15461.
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    Johnson returned to the U.S. on 20 July 1920.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1913
    Age 34
    Mike Tyson, Harry Reid and John McCain have all lent their support to the campaign, starting a Change.org petition asking President Obama to posthumously pardon the world’s first African-American boxing champion of his racially motivated 1913 felony conviction.
    In the courtroom of Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the future Commissioner of Baseball who perpetuated the baseball color line until his death, Johnson was convicted by an all-white jury in June 1913, despite the fact that the incidents used to convict him took place before passage of the Mann Act.
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  • 1912
    Age 33
    Less than three months later, on December 4, 1912, Johnson married Lucille Cameron. After Johnson married Cameron, two ministers in the South recommended that Johnson be lynched. Cameron divorced him in 1924 because of infidelity.
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    On October 18, 1912, Johnson was arrested on the grounds that his relationship with Lucille Cameron violated the Mann Act against "transporting women across state lines for immoral purposes" due to her being an alleged prostitute and due to Johnson being black.
    The controversy surrounding the film directly motivated Congress to ban distribution of all prizefight films across state lines in 1912; the ban was lifted in 1940.
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    Johnson was faced with much controversy when he was charged with violating the Mann Act in 1912, even though there was an obvious lack of evidence and the charge was largely racially based.
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  • 1911
    Age 32
    In January 1911, Johnson married Etta Terry Duryea. A Brooklyn socialite and former wife of Clarence Duryea, she met Johnson at a car race in 1909. Their romantic involvement was very turbulent. Suffering from severe depression, she committed suicide in September 1912, shooting herself with a revolver.
    In 1911 Johnson, via an acquaintance, attempted to become a Free Mason in Dundee.
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  • 1910
    Age 31
    Instead, Johnson chose Battling Jim Johnson, a lesser boxer who, in 1910, had lost to Langford and had a draw and loss via KO to Sam McVey, the former colored champ.
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    In 1910, former undefeated heavyweight champion James J. Jeffries came out of retirement to challenge Johnson.
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  • 1909
    Age 30
    This time, the woman, another alleged prostitute named Belle Schreiber, with whom he had been involved in 1909 and 1910, testified against him.
    In 1909, he beat Tony Ross, Al Kaufman, and the middleweight champion Stanley Ketchel.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1908
    Age 29
    Johnson finally won the world heavyweight title on December 26, 1908, a full six years after lightweight champion Joe Gans became the first African American boxing champion.
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    After Johnson became the first African-American Heavyweight Champion of the World on December 26, 1908, his World Colored Heavyweight Championship was vacated.
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  • 1907
    Age 28
    However, Johnson did fight former champion Bob Fitzsimmons in July 1907, and knocked him out in two rounds.
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  • 1905
    Age 26
    In their first match on 1905, they had fought to a draw, but in their second match on 25 November 1905, Johnson lost as he was disqualified in the second round of a scheduled six-round fight.
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  • 1903
    Age 24
    Johnson won his first title on February 3, 1903, beating Denver Ed Martin on points in a 20-round match for the World Colored Heavyweight Championship.
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    By 1903, though Johnson's "official" record showed him with nine wins against three losses, five draws and two no contests, he had won at least 50 fights against both white and black opponents.
  • 1902
    Age 23
    Johnson beat former black heavyweight champ Frank Childs on October 21, 1902.
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  • 1901
    Age 22
    On February 25, 1901, Johnson fought Joe Choynski in Galveston.
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  • 1899
    Age 20
    In his third pro fight on May 8, 1899, he battled "Klondike" (John W. Haynes or Haines), an African American heavyweight known as "The Black Hercules", in Chicago.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1898
    Age 19
    Johnson made his debut as a professional boxer on November 1, 1898, in Galveston, Texas, when he knocked out Charley Brooks in the second round of a 15-round bout for what was billed as "The Texas State Middleweight Title".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1878
    Born
    Born on March 31, 1878.
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