Jack Johnson changed #BoxingHistory and #BlackHistory. We asked young people from around the country to connect Jack Johnson's legacy to Black life today. Join the conversation on TikTok @lct_education and on Instagram at @lcteducation
THE HISTORY BEHIND THE ROYALE
Three years into the Civil War, on January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring that all enslaved people “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Although the Civil War ended in 1865, African Americans would spend the next hundred years struggling to receive the rights they were promised.
Background photo: F.B. Carpenter, A.H. Ritchie. The first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation before the cabinet. c1866. Library of Congress.
WHO WAS JACK JOHNSON?
Jack Johnson was born in 1878 in Galveston, Texas, the son of formerly enslaved people. Johnson spent his teenage years doing a number of odd jobs while developing his extraordinary skills as a fighter.
Photo: Jack Johnson, c1910. Library of Congress
Find out more about Jack Johnson and his legacy in sports and in American life by watching "The Fight of the Century," a brief documentary about his life.