A slave to no man: Boxer Jack Johnson’s fight against inequality

By Peter Crutchley

Jack Johnson made history in 1908 by becoming the first black world heavyweight boxing champion.

Five years later, he was convicted by an all-white jury of crossing state lines with a white woman for “immoral purposes” and was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.

100 years on from his trial and conviction, what legacy did this hugely divisive and controversial character leave for other black athletes and for the civil rights movement in America?

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