POSTHUMOUS PARDON FOR JOHN ARTHUR ``JACK'' JOHNSON
(Senate - April 17, 2013)

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           POSTHUMOUS PARDON FOR JOHN ARTHUR ``JACK'' JOHNSON

  Mr. REID. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Judiciary 
Committee be discharged from further consideration of S. Con. Res. 5, 
and the Senate proceed to its consideration.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
  The clerk will report the resolution by title.
  The legislative clerk read as follows:

       A concurrent resolution (S. Con. Res. 5) expressing the 
     sense of Congress that John Arthur ``Jack'' Johnson should 
     receive a posthumous pardon for the racially motivated

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     conviction in 1913 that diminished the athletic, cultural, 
     and historic significance of Jack Johnson and unduly 
     tarnished his reputation.

  There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to the resolution.
  Mr. REID. I ask unanimous consent the concurrent resolution be agreed 
to, the preamble be agreed to, and the motions to reconsider be laid 
upon the table, with no intervening action or debate.
  The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
  The resolution (S. Con. Res. 5) was agreed to.
  The preamble was agreed to.
  (The resolution, with its preamble, is printed in the Record of March 
5, 2013, under ``Submitted Resolutions.'')
  Mr. REID. Mr. President, this is very important. This good man who 
was treated so poorly is now going to have his name cleared, to a 
certain extent, and I give most of the credit to Senator John McCain 
who has worked tirelessly on this for a long time. I am glad we finally 
are able to get it done. I am grateful to everyone for making this 
happen.
  Jack Johnson, a great heavyweight champion, was a good person.

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