Black Jack: The Ballad of Jack Johnson

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Macmillan, Jun 22, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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Born as Arthur John Johnson in the southern state of Texas, Jack Johnson was one of the most renowned boxers of the twentieth century. Through hard work and persistence, he climbed the ranks, taking a swing and a jab and eventually busting the color barrier. As the first black man to win the Heavyweight Championship, there was more than a title on the line.
Published to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this history-making bout (July 4, 1910). This is an extraordinary marriage of poetry, fabulous collage artwork, and a splendid achievement in its own right.


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User Review  - Laura Walker - Goodreads

This story is about Jack Johnson who was the first black heavyweight champion of the world. Jack was a strong man and very brave, he was born in Texas in 1878. He was bullied as a child, until his ... Read full review

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This book is well written and has many strengths. The depiction of the interaction between whites and blacks at the time Jack Johnson is living and striving to become the greatest boxer in the world ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

CHARLES SMITH JR. is a celebrated author, poet, and photographer. He has created more than twenty books, including Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali, a 2008 Corretta Scott King Honor Book and a 2008 Norman Sugarman Best Biography Honor Book and Chameleon, his first novel for young adults. He currently lives in Poughkeepsie, New York with his wife Gillian and three kids, Sabine, Adrian and Sebastian.

SHANE EVANS has illustrated numerous books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Shanna's Ballerina Show. He attributes much of his influence to his travels to Africa, South America, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and much of the United States. He is a firm believer in education and creative development for all people.