America's First Black Heavyweight Champ

Jack Johnson was America's first black heavyweight boxing champion. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks with Geoffrey Ward about Ward's book Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, a biography about the boxer, and with filmmaker Ken Burns, who produced a documentary based on Ward's book.

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