President Donald Trump granted a full pardon to the first Afro-American Heavyweight Champion Jack Johnson posthumously on Thursday.
Following the constant proposals to grant Johnson a presidential pardon, President Trump has finally granted him a full posthumous pardon.
The president, alongside, Rocky actor, Sylvester Stallone, current heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder, and several other people, joined the Oval Office to pardon the boxer. Among others, Johnson's great-great niece, Linda Haywood also attended the ceremony.
Trump stated in his interview that the decision was something essential because they righted a wrong and, that Jack wasn't treated fairly. Following his pardon, he also stated that he was honored to have done that.
The president was considering the pardon since last month as he had posted in his Twitter profile stating that the Rocky actor had called him with the story of Johnson and that he was considering a full pardon for the wronged boxer.
Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson. His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
The boxer was convicted during 1913 under the Mann Act, which prevented a white woman to cross the state lines for the purpose of immoral acts, prostitution, or debauchery. He was charged for taking his white girlfriend across the state lines.
Following his accusations, he was convicted guilty by an all-white jury in not more than two hours and was jailed for a year. This sentence was seen as a matter of a threat to Johnson, so he fled to various countries before finally surrendering and serving his sentence until July 9, 1921.
The boxer died in his late 60s in 1946 after a car crash. Johnson was speeding from a restaurant which refused him their service.