The World Colored Heavyweight Championship, 1876-1937 (Paperback)

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The World Colored Heavyweight Championship, 1876-1937 (Paperback)

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For six decades the World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a useful tool of racial oppression--the existence of the title far more important to the white public than its succession of champions. It took some extraordinary individuals, most notably Jack Johnson, to challenge "the color line" in the ring, although the title and the black fighters who contended for it continued until the reign of Joe Louis a generation later. This history traces the advent and demise of the Championship, the stories of the 28 professional athletes who won it, and the demarcation of the color line both in and out of the ring.
Mark Allen Baker, business executive and author of hundreds of articles and more than 25 books, is the only person to serve the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an author, historian, chairperson, sponsor, volunteer and biographer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame, and was accorded a Lifetime Award of Merit by the State University of New York in 2022.
Product Details ISBN: 9781476677651
ISBN-10: 1476677654
Publisher: McFarland and Company, Inc.
Publication Date: August 31st, 2020
Pages: 260
Language: English