In an Oval Office ceremony today in the midst of a busy news cycle, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a full pardon posthumously to world heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson, the first African-American to win the title belt, who served 10 months in jail for what the POTUS deemed "a racially motivated injustice" in the eyes of many.
In signing the executive clemency document, Trump was flanked at the ceremony/celebration by guests such as Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone, former champion Lennox Lewis, current WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, and Johnson's great-great niece Linda Bell Haywood. You can watch the entire meeting, including the input of those in attendance along with the president, in the video embedded below.
During his remarks and interaction with the luminaries on hand, Trump described Jack Johnson as a "truly great fighter," CNN reported.
"We have done something today that was very important, because we righted a wrong. Jack Johnson was not treated fairly, and we have corrected that, and I'm very honored to have done it."