Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis Fought for Black America

Louis Moore
May 13, 2019 - 5:00
Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis Fought for Black America

There was a time in America history when Joe Louis was considered the most important Black American. As the heavyweight champion of the world from 1937-1949, very few people — Black or white — could touch his star power. Americans celebrated Louis for more than just his boxing skills; he was a symbol of what America could be. As Black writer Al Sweeney once wrote in the Cleveland Call and Post in 1942, “Joe Louis hasn’t only proven to be the greatest fighting champion to ever don the abbreviated fight trunks, but he has done more to promote...

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