Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Season 1
 (87)
2005TV-PG
This film tells the story of the first African-American boxer to win a title and his struggle to live as a free man.
Starring
Keith DavidSamuel L. Jackson
Genres
Special Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Episode 1
    January 16, 2005
    1 h 51 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Follow Jack Johnson's journey from Texas to professional boxing, where, in Jim Crow America, the heavyweight champion was a "white title." In 1908 he became the first African American to earn the title Heavyweight Champion of the World.
  2. 2. Episode 2
    January 17, 2005
    1 h 42 min
    16+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When no one could beat Johnson in the ring, the government set out to destroy him in the courts, using his relationships with white women as the excuse to prosecute and send him to jail. Johnson fled to Europe where he remained a fugitive.

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Directors
Ken Burns
Producers
Ken BurnsPaul BarnesDavid Schaye
Season year
2005
Network
PBS
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4.9 out of 5 stars

87 global ratings

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matthew a. barrettReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Documentary
Very impressed by how much visual content is in this documentary of the late Jack Johnson. This narrative provides a rich and thorough examination of the boxing icon's sport and personal life.
6 people found this helpful
Brooklyn PhantomReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent documentary!
This is a must see. Johnson was the greatest boxer of all time. In his prime he could've beaten anyone in their prime. He was only defeated by old age and the unbearable weight of racism. He was fearless. Highly recommended!!
debiReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
SO GOOD!!
Yes ,One would give Ken Burns kudos for films like this; but Jack Johnson was something else. This movie is SO GOOD, you could only give Jack the credit. Oh, and if you want history, this film has it too!
Reggie MReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Must see!
I really enjoyed watching the chronicles of Jack Johnson. It’s a story that had to be told!
One person found this helpful
Raymond DavisReviewed in the United States on March 9, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jack Dempsey was the greatest Muhamed Ali what is the grade is
Yes I had this before but not on DVD and I really love it so great movie
One person found this helpful
LisaReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved it!
I loved it!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 8, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent “real” footage in an forgotten era.
Verified purchase
Historically amazing footage and commentary. During an forgotten and unbelievable era. A definite must see !!
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