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WASHINGTON, DC - April 01: Linda Haywood, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., documentary film maker Ken Burns, Haywood's sister Constance Hines, Haywood's mother Dorothy Cross, and family friend Betsy Victoria during a news conference urging passage of a resolution pardoning Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion of the world of his wrongful conviction of the Mann Act in 1913. Haywood is Johnson's great-grand niece. Johnson defeated his white opponent for the title on July 4, 1910, in Reno, Nev., in the "fight of the century," to become heavyweight champion. The result of the fight caused race riots throughout the U.S.. Johnson was subsequently found guilty in a sham trial of violating the Mann Act, which outlawed the transporting women in interstate or foreign commerce "for the purpose of prostitution, debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose." Burns' documentary on Johnson, "Unforgivable Blackness," first aired on PBS in 2005. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - April 01: Linda Haywood, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., documentary film maker Ken Burns, Haywood's sister Constance Hines, Haywood's mother Dorothy Cross, and family friend Betsy Victoria during a news conference urging passage of a resolution pardoning Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion of the world of his wrongful conviction of the Mann Act in 1913. Haywood is Johnson's great-grand niece. Johnson defeated his white opponent for the title on...
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