VIDEO: President Trump Pardons Boxing’s First Black Heavyweight Champion
By CBS NEWS // May 24, 2018
Jack Johnson pardoned by President Trump
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(CBS NEWS) – President Trump has granted a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, following through on a tweet last month.
The pardon, which wasn’t on the president’s public schedule, came hours after Mr. Trump announced he is canceling the Singapore summit with North Korea.
Sylvester Stallone, who starred in the “Rocky” series,” had urged Mr. Trump to grant the pardon, and appeared in the White House on Thursday.
Johnson, who died in 1946, was convicted by an all-white jury in Chicago in 1913 of violating the Jim Crow-era White-Slave Traffic Act, that was intended to prevent and punish human trafficking and was used on Johnson for traveling with a white woman. The conviction was carried out even though the alleged crime took place before the law had passed. Johnson skipped bail and fled the country, living in exile, before ultimately surrendering and returning to service his one-year sentence.
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