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Black Fact of the Week: Jack Johnson was the First African American Man to Hold the World Heavyweight Champion Boxing Title

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Although George Dixon was the first Black man to hold a World Championship title as a bantamweight, in 1908, Texas born Jack Johnson became the first Black boxer to earn the World Heavyweight Champion boxing title. Draped in success during the peak of the Jim Crow era, Johnson faced constant racism and discrimination, but managed to hold onto his championship title until 1915. He was widely recognized as the most prominent and notorious African American on Earth during his years in the spotlight and famously addressed as the “Galveston Giant.”

Source: History.com & PBS

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