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The 25 Greatest Sports Documentaries of All Time

4. Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson

Year: 2004
Director(s): Ken Burns
Synopsis: Jack Johnson becomes the first African-American heavyweight champion in boxing history. But his success and boldness outside the ring make him a target of white America.
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From stylin' on white men in the ring to cavorting with white women outside of it—all during a time when doing so would get most black men lynched—Jack Johnson was the O.G. of flamboyant boxers. Director Ken Burns tells Johnson's story as only he can.

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