‘When the World Couldn’t Watch a Black Man Win’

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns “unpacks the intricate connections between sports, racism, and power throughout American history. In 1908, Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was about to knock out a white man to become the first black heavyweight champion of the world. Then police stopped the fight.” Explore more at UNUM: https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/unum/pla…

In the Jim Crow era, Johnson became the first African American heavyweight champion.

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