By: Tomica Kipp
A team of activists, lawmakers and celebrities believes it does. Jack Johnson is the world’s first African- American boxing champion born to ex-slaves in Texas.
|Jack Johnson courtesy of Wikipedia|
In 1912, Johnson was arrested with Lucille Cameron; a white woman who would later became his wife, for violating the Mann Act, a law that had passed two years earlier in response to morality. He was sentenced to a year and a day in prison.
The petition to grant Johnson a posthumous pardon began nine years ago, Sen. John McCain said, “As we look back on our nation’s history, the Jack Johnson case is a shameful stain, apparent to all. Rectifying this injustice is long overdue.”
President George W. Bush didn’t grant a pardon and with the election of the first African American president, many are hopeful that he will get a pardon.
Johnson died in a car crash in North Carolina in 1946; he was 68- years old. It is unlikely that he will ever receive a pardon, because posthumous pardons are seldom issue and the Obama’s Administrations have refuse to comment on the issue.