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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson is a documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Geoffrey C. Ward (2004). In Burns' signature style the 220-minute film serves as a biography of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, as well as a documentary of racism and social inequality during the Jim Crow era against which Jack Johnson lived in defiant opposition.

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    author
    director Ken Burns
    editor Erik Ewers Paul Barnes
    events boxing racism and ethnic discrimination in the United States
    genre social
    musicBy Wynton Marsalis
    producer Ken Burns
    productionCompany Florentine Films WETA
    publisher PBS
    theme documentary