President Trump Pardons Black Boxing Legend Jack Johnson

President Trump, left, with Sylvester Stallone and Lennox Lewis (Politico)

President Trump has granted a pardon to legendary boxer Jack Johnson after Trump felt his conviction over a century ago was racially motivated.

According to Politico:

“President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice.

Jack Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.

Trump was joined by boxer Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone as he announced the decision.

Johnson is a legendary figure in boxing, who crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries following the civil rights era.”