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Jack Johnson: Reluctant Hero Of The Black Community, Denise C. Morgan Jul 2015

Jack Johnson: Reluctant Hero Of The Black Community, Denise C. Morgan

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The difficulties which both White and Black Americans had with Jack Johnson, the first Black man to win the world heavyweight boxing championship, resulted from his status as a reluctant hero. Johnson was hated by White Americans for exhibiting a strong sense of individuality, for excelling in a sport that had previously been closed to men of his race, and for asserting his right to love the three White women whom he married. And although Black Americans admired his courage and felt vindicated by his success in the ring, they were troubled by the ways that Johnson’s uncompromising individuality ...