Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

The Jim Crow Era

Clip: Season 1 | 4m 1s Video has closed captioning.

Jack Johnson became the first African American world heavyweight boxing champion in the height of the Jim Crow era — a time in which slavery was abolished, but African Americans were not yet truly free.

Aired: 05/01/17

Rating: NR

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Fight of the Century

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Fight of the Century

July 4, 1910, the retired white Heavyweight Champion of the World, Jim Jeffries, tried to take the title back from the African-American current champion, Jack Johnson.

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