12019-03-12T23:57:37+00:00Stanford University Pressaf84c3e11fe030c51c61bbd190fa82a3a1a1282411NY Amsterdam News - June 26, 1937plainpublished2019-03-12T23:57:37+00:00Production Editor7a3dce28be212b1ba5b4a7a50f3d6a8d76b58c74
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12019-03-12T23:56:50+00:00June 23, 19373plainpublished2019-08-21T10:34:45+00:00 On June 23, 1937, the Atlanta Daily World reported that Joe Louis defeated James Braddock to earn the World Heavyweight Championship of boxing. Louis became the first African-American heavyweight champion since Jack Johnson in 1915, and Louis successfully defended the title twenty-five times over nearly twelve years (click to view PDF of front page).
Days later the New York Amsterdam News reported, “Brooklyn went literally wild when the news of Joe Louis annexing the heavyweight crown of the world to his many already garnered laurels boomed over the air. Screaming, celebrating and what-have-you, that definitely rivaled the pandemonium that graced Harlem, broke out in New York's most populous borough...Down on Myrtle Avenue, one man took a milk bottle and bounced himself over the head by way of mildly showing his approval of the manner in which the Brown Bomber trucked to port.” The Amsterdam News also featured a picture of Louis kissing his wife, Marva.