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Sports Film of the Week: Unforgivable Blackness - The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson

Grab the popcorn for the incredible story of the first African American Heavyweight world champion.

Jack Johnson features in our Sports Film of the Week.
Jack Johnson features in our Sports Film of the Week.
Image: YouTube Screengrab

Title: Unforgivable Blackness; The Rise & Fall of Jack Johnson

Released: 2004

Tagline: “They couldn’t knock him out, so they tried to tear him down.”

Plot: Jack Johnson becomes the first African-American heavyweight champion in boxing history. But his success and boldness outside the ring make him a target of white America.

Random YouTube comment: “A riveting insight into the life of Jack Johnson and the crap he had to go through…..believe..” (the best stuff ever)

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Steve O'Rourke

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