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WASHINGTON, DC - April 01: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and documentary film maker Ken Burns, 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. 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: Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and documentary film maker Ken Burns, 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. 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...
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