‘It’s about time’: Trump pardons boxer Jack Johnson, by Zeke Miller.
Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after his racially charged conviction. …
He was joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, retired heavyweight titleholder Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone, whom Mr Trump credited with championing the pardon.
Mr Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison “for what many view as a racially motivated injustice”. “It’s my honour to do it. It’s about time,” he said.
Johnson, who crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries, was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act for travelling with his white girlfriend. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral purposes”.
Mr Trump had tweeted in late April that Stallone, a longtime friend, had brought Johnson’s story to his attention.
hat-tip Barry Corke