Following a hgh-profile campaign in which actor Sylvester Stallone played a key role, Donald Trump has agreed to grant a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Trump and Stallone were joined at a ceremony in the Oval Office by boxer Lennox Lewis.
“Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport women across state lines for ‘immoral’ purposes,” THR reports. “He was traveling with his white girlfriend.”
The pardon clears Johnson’s name after he served 10 months in prison for what many people see as a racially motivated conviction.
Said Trump: “It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time.”
Stallone had reportedly brought Johnson’s story to Trump’s attention during a phone call a while back.