H.Con.Res.214 - Expressing the sense of Congress that the President should grant a posthumous pardon to John Arthur "Jack" Johnson for the 1913 racially motivated conviction of Johnson, which diminished his athletic, cultural, and historic significance, and tarnished his reputation.110th Congress (2007-2008)
Summary: H.Con.Res.214 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)
Passed House without amendment (09/26/2008)
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Calls for the President to grant a pardon, posthumously, to Jack Johnson (the first African-American professional boxer to hold the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World) to expunge from the annals of American criminal justice a racially motivated abuse of the federal government's prosecutorial authority and to recognize his athletic and cultural contributions to society.