Lawmakers seek pardon for boxing champ
Jack Johnson is shown in an undated file photo. Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Johnson, the world's first black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, are renewing their efforts. Sens. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and John McCain joined Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and William "Mo" Cowan, D-Mass., today, March 5, 2013 in reintroducing a resolution urging President Barack Obama to pardon Johnson because he was wronged by a racially motivated conviction.