MHC Prof Speaks on Pardoning Jack Johnson
Posted: April 8, 2009
Professor of French Christopher Rivers, who translated boxing champion Jack Johnson's French-language memoirs in the 2007 book My Life and Battles, commented on the latest Congressional efforts, led by Senator John McCain, to win a posthumous presidential pardon for Johnson. Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion, was convicted of violating the Mann Act for having a consensual relationship with a white woman; he died in an auto accident in 1946.
Rivers spoke with the Charlotte News and Observer and the Kansas City Star on April 1 and was interviewed for the April 4 edition of WFCR's Only A Game.