The World Colored Heavyweight Championship, 1876-1937
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For six decades the World Colored Heavyweight Championship was a useful tool of racial oppression--the existence of the title far more important to the white public than its succession of champions. It took some extraordinary individuals, most notably Jack Johnson, to challenge the color line in the ring, although the title and the black fighters who contended for it continued until the reign of Joe Louis a generation later. This history traces the advent and demise of the Championship, the stories of the 28 professional athletes who won it, and the demarcation of the color line both in and out of the ring.
McFarland & Company, 9781476677651, 260pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2020
About the Author
Mark Allen Baker, business executive and writer of hundreds of articles and more than 20 books, is the only person to serve the International Boxing Hall of Fame as an author, historian, chairperson, sponsor, volunteer and biographer. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame. He lives in Hebron, Connecticut, and Lakewood Ranch, Florida.