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GALVESTON Civil rights activists joined a relative of former Galveston boxer Jack Johnson on Sunday to urge President Barack Obama to posthumously pardon the first African American heavyweight champion.

Johnson earned the title in 1908 by defeating Canada s Tommy Burns in Sydney, Australia.

Johnson, who was black and married white women, was arrested in 1912 and ultimately convicted and sentenced to prison for violating the Mann Act, a federal statute that outlawed the transportation of women across state lines for prostitution, debauchery or other immoral purposes.

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