Jack Johnson posed with his fists in front of him, as if he's about to box.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

by Geoffrey C. Ward

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a vivid biography of heavy weight boxing champion Jack Johnson, one of the most celebrated-and reviled- African American of his time. Johnson's story is that of a man who dared to live as he pleased in the Jim Crow South. Fighting his way out of poverty to a life of fame, Johnson infuriated much of white America and even served prison time and exile for having the audacity to live proudly as a black man and answer to no one.