Trump to Give Posthumous Pardon to Champion Boxer Jack Johnson

President Trump said he is considering a pardon for boxer Jack Johnson

Advocates for Johnson have long pushed for a posthumous pardon, including US officials like Sen.

Trump, spurred by a phone call from Sylvester Stallone, tweeted Saturday that he's thinking about posthumously pardoning the trailblazing fighter.

Trump said that Stallone had called him and told him about Johnson, and that he is now considering a posthumous pardon. Now, the President tweeted to say that after speaking to "The Expendables" star on the phone and learning about the life of Jack Johnson, he is "considering" giving him a "full pardon". ".I am considering a Full Pardon!".

Chastised for his relationships - each of his three wives were white - Johnson was found guilty in 1913 of violating the Mann Act, a law which prevented the transport of women across state lines for an "immoral objective".

US President Donald Trump may overturn a century-old conviction which saw the first African American heavyweight boxing champion of the world who many believe was locked up on a racially-motivated charge.

He was charged with transporting a white woman across state lines for "immoral purposes". But his biggest prize came on December 26, 1908, when he defeated Tommy Burns for the World Heavyweight Championship near Sydney, Australia.

Johnson died in a auto crash in North Carolina in 1946, at the age of 68.

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Johnson returned to the U.S.in 1920 to serve his sentence and was released almost one year later.

Just eight days ago, Trump pardoned Scooter Libby, a former George W. Bush administration official convicted for obstruction of justice.

His fight with James Jeffries in 1910 is widely regarded as the "Fight of the Century".

In 2017, the Telegraph said he was the third-best boxer of all-time. He died in 1946. And Jack Johnson was the first great showman. She remembers learning about Johnson when she was in sixth grade during Black History Month, and only learned later that he was kin. President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War; he was framed for embezzlement.

In 2016, a bipartisan group of lawmakers petitioned then-President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson.

Since entering office, the president has issued three other pardons, some of them controversial.

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