Notice: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Facing History and Ourselves library service has been impacted. The Facing History lending library is currently unable to fulfill orders. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. We look forward to restoring service as soon as we are safely able to do so.

In the meantime, we have a lot of great digital content and hundreds of streaming educational videos. Please email us at library@facinghistory.org if you need recommendations for specific material.

Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

DVD

210 minutes
Source: PBS Video

This two-part documentary tells the story of the first African American boxer to win the title Heavyweight Champion of the World. Johnson, the son of former slaves from Galveston, Texas, began boxing in turn-of-the-century Jim Crow America, where the heavyweight champion was an exclusively "white title." Despite the odds, Johnson worked his way up through the professional ranks, finally winning the title in 1908. His victory set in motion a worldwide search for a Great White Hope to restore the title to the white race. When these efforts failed, Johnson's own government used his relationships with white women as an excuse to try to destroy him in court.

Related Content

Video
Justice & Human Rights

Vanita Gupta

A lawyer who fights racism, Vanita Gupta helped win the release of 35 African Americans falsely accused of drug-related crimes in Tulia, Texas.

Image
Global Immigration

Immigration in Texas

Immigrant women and children wait to enter the bus station after they were processed and released by US Customs and Border Protection, June 22, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.

Video
Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement

Chicano! Episode 4: Fighting for Political Power

This episode of Chicano! focuses on the emergence of Mexican Americans political activism and the creation of a third political party, La Raza Unida.

Reading
Global Immigration

Hope Frye's Testimony on Child Migrant Detention

Immigration lawyer Hope Frye describes the conditions at child migrant detention centers in her congressional hearing testimony.

Search Our Global Collection

Everything you need to get started teaching your students about racism, antisemitism and prejudice.