“I’m black… They never let me forget it. I’m black alright… I’ll never let them forget it.”
— Jack Johnson, the first black Heavyweight Champion of the World (1878-1946) (via)
A Legendary Man
His stance says it all
I remember seeing this documentary. They never wanted to give him a title fight, even though he was undefeated. They let the champ at that time retire with the belt and a undefeated record and a new white champ was named. He had to stalk the new champ, Tommy Burns, for 2 YEARS FOR A SHOT. When Johnson finally got his championship bout, he even took a lesser payout than he should have gotten. AND STILL BEAT HIS ASS BACK TO THE STONE AGES!
Even when they called out to the old champ, The Great White Hope, James Jeffries, to come out of retirement and take the title back, he couldn’t beat Johnson.
"Irreplaceable. There is no one to now fill his shoes. Those shoes will remain right there, empty forever. And no matter what he did - funny, dramatic - it was always with a depth that left you breathless. … I have no words. It’s just an amazing moment in time that this… light is gone.”