Four years ago, Congress passed a resolution seeking a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson. But it didn’t happen. Now MikeÂ TysonÂ is getting involved, LA Late News reports.
TysonÂ told LA Late News, “This unjust prosecution ultimately tarnished Jack Johnson’s legacy. Senator Harry Reid and Senator John McCain have taken up this issue and areÂ workingÂ towards a pardon.â€ He adds, “Let’s show President Obama and the White House that we too care about Jack Johnson’s legacy by signing thisÂ petition. In doing so, we are also righting the legacy of our great country.â€
Jack Johnson was the first blackÂ heavyweightÂ boxingÂ championÂ of the world. But in 1912, Johnson wasÂ arrestedÂ under the Mann Act, passed in 1910, forÂ travelingÂ with whiteÂ girlfriendÂ Lucille Cameron across state lines. Cameron would eventually become his wife. ButÂ the lawÂ then prohibited transporting women “for immoral purposes.â€
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