Last night, I was lucky enough to watch the PBS documentary, “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson“. Now, I know that in all truthfulness, Jack Johnson was the Greatest fighter of the old also the first African-American Heavy weight Champion. One of my appreciation for Jack Johnson and adoration and other words that begin with the letter “a” that mean good stuff, is the fact that he was a true fighter. I mean I watched the title fight against Jess Willard, and they stated that it was 105 degrees and he fought to the 26th Round. 26th round!! It was rumored that Johnson allowed himself to be knocked out because of his marriages to white women, against the law at the time, and his flamboyant lifestyle that the White man could not stand. He later on became a connoisseur of Harlem night life, eventually opened his own supper club, Club Deluxe, at 142nd Street and Lenox Avenue which was later turned into the Cotton Club. Johnson died in a car accident in 1946 after being forced to eat in the back of a white diner in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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