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Jack Johnson
(1878-1946) born on
Mar 31
US boxer. He defeated Tommy Burns to become the world's first black heavyweight champion, 1908; he was a powerful symbol of the independent black man.
The possession of muscular strength and the courage to use it in contests with other men for physical supremacy does not necessarily imply a lack of appreciation for the finer and better things of life.

Who told you I was yellow? You're white Tommy -- white as the flag of surrender!
I never doubted the issue from the beginning. I knew I was too good for Burns. I have forgotten more about fighting than Burns ever knew.
For every point I'm given, I'll have earned two, because I'm a Negro.
The fight between life and death is to the finish, and death ultimately is the victor . . . I do not deplore the passing of these crude old days.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "Jack Johnson In the Ring and Out," 1927.
R: Taunt to Tommy Burns in the ring, New York, 27 Dec 1908.
A: On the Burns-Johnson Fight, New York, 27 Dec 1908.
N: On selecting a referee for the Tommy Burns fight, 26 Dec 1908. Johson beat Burns to became the first black heavyweight champion..
K: "Jack Johnson In the Ring and Out," 1927.

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