Trump says Johnson's "trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial". "Others've looked at this on time, many presumed it would be performed, but yes, I am considering that a Full Pardon!"
Donald Trump (middle) and wife Melania Trump (right) at the welterweight boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. He has been widely celebrated since, inspiring a seminal jazz rock album by Miles Davis and books and films including a 2004 documentary by Ken Burns, Unforgivable Blackness: the Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson.
President Trump explained he's contemplating a pardon for fighter Jack Johnson.
Rocky Balboa's latest fight isn't taking place in a ring. John McCain of Arizona and Rep. Peter King of NY wrote in a letter to Obama in 2009. Johnson, an African American, was traveling with his girlfriend, who was white, and interracial relationships were illegal during the Jim Crow era.
Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, spent a year in prison for transporting a white woman across state lines for "immoral purposes."
Johnson didn't serve his prison sentence until 1920 because he left the country following his conviction. After years of politicians and historians calling for the wiping of Johnson's criminal record, it might finally happen. He died in 1946.
The stain on Johnson's reputation forced some family members to live in shame of his legacy. He was convicted, and said, "They crucified Christ". Her mother also claimed she was insane.
Calls for a Johnson pardon have frequently been issued.
Since the turn of the century, a campaign for a posthumous pardon has gathered pace. Bush pardoned Charles Winters in 2008, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949. But the effort stalled after the Justice Department advised the policy is not to grant posthumous pardons.