Galveston boxer Jack Johnson (1878–1946) became the first black world heavyweight champion in 1908. This rarely seen documentary traces Johnson's unbelievable story, including his fights; the racial outrage surrounding his career; and his flamboyant lifestyle. The film interweaves archival footage and still photographs with first-person narration by actor Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) and a jazz score by Miles Davis, recorded shortly after the landmark Bitches Brew album.


Director
Jim Jacobs
Released
1970
Country
USA
Running Time
90 minutes