Trump issues posthumous pardon to boxing legend Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump has again exercised his executive power to dismiss criminal convictions by pardoning boxer Jack Johnson more than 70 years after his death.

He hinted at the potential move in a recent tweet crediting Sylvester Stallone for lobbying on behalf of the boxing legend’s family.

The actor was on hand at the White House when Trump signed the order on Thursday.

Unlike the president’s previous pardons, this was widely seen as justice finally served for a man convicted under discriminatory Jim Crow legislation and widely pilloried for relationships he had with white women.

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