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Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson ()


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The story of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight boxing champion.

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  • Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
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Jack Johnson ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Himself (archiveFootage)
Tommy Burns ...
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Lucille Cameron ...
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Himself
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Himself
W.C. Heinz ...
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James J. Jeffries ...
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Stanley Ketchel ...
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Jack Newfield ...
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Adam Clayton Powell Jr. ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Randy Roberts ...
Himself
Bert Randolph Sugar ...
Himself (as Bert Sugar)
John L. Sullivan ...
Himself (archiveFootage)
Jess Willard ...
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Directed by

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Ken Burns

Written by

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Geoffrey C. Ward ... (written by)

Produced by

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Paul Barnes ... producer
Pam Tubridy Baucom ... coordinating producer
Ken Burns ... producer
David Schaye ... producer
Susanna Steisel ... associate producer

Music by

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Wynton Marsalis

Cinematography by

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Stephen McCarthy
Buddy Squires

Film Editing by

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Paul Barnes
Erik Ewers

Editorial Department

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Tyler Cote ... post-production intern
Melanie Cunningham ... post-production assistant
Sean Huff ... assistant editor
Liz Seru ... post-production intern
Margaret Shepardson-Legere ... post-production assistant
Danielle L. Statuto ... intern (as Danielle Statuto)
Daniel J. White ... assistant editor
John Dowdell ... hd colorist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist
Ryan Gifford ... assistant sound editor
Sean Huff ... sound effects editor
George A. Lara ... foley mixer
John Osborne ... sound
Brenda Ray ... sound
Dominick Tavella ... re-recording mixer
Daniel Ward ... assistant sound editor

Special Effects by

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Dalton Delan ... executive in charge of production: WETA

Music Department

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Wessell Anderson ... musician: saxophone
Paul Barnes ... music producer
Ken Burns ... music producer
ELEW ... musician: piano (as Eric Lewis)
Andy Farber ... music arranger
Wycliffe Gordon ... musician: trombone and tuba
Delfeayo Marsalis ... music producer
Wynton Marsalis ... musician: trumpet
Jacob Ribicoff ... music editor
Reginald Veal ... musician: bass

Other crew

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Jessie Anderson ... production intern
Dewey Blanton ... publicist: WETA
Tim Clark ... program advisor
Bob De Flores ... film archive
Dayton Duncan ... program advisor
Julie Dunfey ... program advisor
Gerald Early ... program advisor
Andy Farber ... transcriber
Greg French ... archive materials
Jim Johnston ... archive materials
William Leuchtenburg ... program advisor (as William E. Leuchtenberg)
Bill Loughman ... archive materials
Lynn Novick ... program advisor
Tricia Reidy ... program advisor
Herlin Riley ... drums & percussion
Randy Roberts ... program advisor
Sharon Rockefeller ... president and ceo: WETA
Jeffrey T. Sammons ... program advisor
Kevin Smith ... archive materials
David Thompson ... project director: WETA
Fred Udell ... production assistant
Rosalind P. Walter ... additional funding
Geoffrey C. Ward ... senior creative consultant
Delmar Watson ... archive materials
Elizabeth Waybright ... production intern

Thanks

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Michael Balabuch ... extra special thanks
Tom Bodett ... extra special thanks
Sarah Botstein ... extra special thanks
Tom Bower ... extra special thanks
Lee Philip Brumbaugh ... extra special thanks
Carol Butler ... extra special thanks
David Davis ... extra special thanks (as Dave Davis)
Mike DeLisa ... special thanks
Greg French ... extra special thanks
Dennis Haysbert ... extra special thanks
Peg Holmes ... extra special thanks
Jim Johnston ... extra special thanks
Gene Jones ... extra special thanks
Bill Loughman ... extra special thanks
Patrick Maschio ... extra special thanks
Dave Meichsner ... special thanks
Craig Mellish ... extra special thanks
Peter Miller ... extra special thanks
Albert Murray ... extra special thanks
Jack Newfield ... extra special thanks
Joyce Carol Oates ... extra special thanks
Brock Peters ... extra special thanks
Larry Pine ... extra special thanks
George Plimpton ... extra special thanks / film dedicated to
Allen Reuben ... extra special thanks
Kevin Smith ... extra special thanks

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Storyline

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Taglines They couldn't knock him out, so they tried to tear him down. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Er wollte kein Sklave sein (Germany)
  • Непростительная чернота: Взлеты и падения Джека Джонсона (Russia)
Runtime
  • 214 min
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Did You Know?

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Movie Connections Featured in Ken Burns: America's Storyteller (2017). See more »
Soundtracks Ghost in the House See more »
Quotes Jack Johnson: If and suppose, two small words, but nobody has ever been able to explain them. One man falls out of bed and is killed, another falls from a fifty foot scaffold and lives. One man gets shot in the leg and is killed, another gets a bullet in the brain and lives. I always take a chance on my pleasures.
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