Pols want Jack Johnson pardoned
WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the world's first black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, renewed their efforts on Tuesday.
Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., John McCain, R-Ariz., and William "Mo" Cowan, D-Mass., joined Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., to reintroduce a resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson because he was wronged by a racially motivated conviction.
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