Sunday, May 01, 2016

Jack Johnson -vs- Jim Jeffries (July 4th, 1910)




In a fight held at Reno, Nevada, on July 4, 1910, Jack Johnson became the first boxer to knock down Jim Jeffries, and in the 15th round Jeffries’ corner threw in the towel. The white public was outraged. Their "Great White Hope" was defeated. he was supposed to restore the crown and make America great again! In the end, there was racial violence and rioting across the United States. Johnson's victory became tragically pyrrhic for the African American public. The racial violence would continue throughout the first decade of the 20th Century and beyond.

No comments:

National Poetry Month: Gwendolyn Brooks

April is National Poetry Month. With all that I have on my plate, I will be happy if I can write at least one poem this month. We will se...