Wednesday, April 17, 2013 8:48 pm
Senate urges Obama to pardon boxer Jack Johnson
The Associated Press
Johnson won the title in 1908 and two years later defended it against a white man, Jim Jeffries, sparking race riots. In 1913, an all-white jury convicted Johnson of crossing state lines with a white woman for "immoral purposes." He was sentenced to a year in prison.
Relatives and supporters have long campaigned for Johnson's exoneration.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Arizona Republican John McCain say that a pardon would restore Johnson's name and correct a historical wrong.
The Senate approved the measure by voice vote late Wednesday.