Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

John Arthur Johnson became the first black Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World in 1908. The controversial figure spawned the search for the "Great White Hope" to take the title away from Johnson in the ring, but it was the law that dealt the “Galveston Giant” his biggest blow. Johnson was convicted of violating the Mann Act for having a consensual relationship with a white woman across state lines. Now Senator John McCain and Representative Peter King are championing the champ by asking the first African American President to posthumously pardon the first African American Heavyweight Champion.

3 Comments
  1. April 2, 2009 -

    What a wonderful face. You did a beautiful job--I love this.

  2. April 7, 2009 -

    I totally missed this portrait. Question, How can you posthumously pardon someone? Oh yeah, I loved the April 1st post!

  3. April 7, 2009 -

    Good question VEe! To some, maybe his family, having his name cleared may mean something, and if that's the case, I support their efforts. Personally, I think he should wear the conviction like a badge of honor. Everyone knows Johnson did nothing wrong. Why pardon the criminal system?