On July 4, 1910, A Boxing Match Billed As "The Fight Of The Century," Took Place Between Heavyweight Champion, Jack Johnson And White Challenger, James J. Jeffries, In Reno, Nevada. Jeffries Came Out Of Retirement As "The Great White Hope," To Take Down The World's First Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Whites Generally Believed That A World Boxing Championship Was Too Prestigious A Prize For A Black Man To Hold. Johnson Knocked Jeffries Out In The 15th Round Of The Fight And Retained His Championship. White America Was Outraged, While Black America Celebrated The Victory. This Led To A Backlash Of White-On-Black Rioting, In Which 11 Black Americans Were Killed.
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The Legend of JACK JOHNSON
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