Who was Jack Johnson, the boxer who may be pardoned by Trump?

Johnson. President Donald Trump says he's considering

After being prompted by actor Sylvester Stallone, President Donald Trump on Saturday tweeted he is considering granting the late champion boxer Jack Johnson a full pardon.

"[Johnson's] trials and tribulations were great", Trump added, "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!" Johnson defeated James Jeffries, a white boxer, in a major boxing match in 1910.

Despite his celebrity, he was convicted of violating the Mann Act by transporting a woman across state lines "for immoral purposes" while he had relationships with white prostitutes, according to The Undefeated website.

He was convicted under the Mann Act, a law that was meant to prevent human trafficking and protect women against prostitution, but its critics say the law was used in racially motivated prosecutions of African-Americans and to punish political dissidents. After serving out his year-long sentence, he boxed for a couple years, but a auto accident ended his life in 1946. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been calling for a pardon for Johnson since 2004, and criticized President Obama for leaving office in 2017 without having granted one. It took the all-white jury less than two hours to convict him.

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- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018Johnson was the first black heavyweight champion of the world.

McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson "was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago". He skipped bail and fled to Europe, but served nearly a year behind bars when he returned to the U.S.in 1920.

"He had money, and even with his money, he couldn't stop it", Haywood said.

Decades after his demise, supporters of the black boxer created campaigns to seek his pardon during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama years.

Campaigns for posthumous pardons have been in motion since the turn of the century, but have not found much success. Harry Reid and Sen. President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War; he was framed for embezzlement.

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