Cover image for Black Jack the ballad of Jack Johnson
Black Jack the ballad of Jack Johnson
Publication Information:
Pine Plains, NY : Live Oak Media, 2011.
Physical Description:
1 sound disc (29 min.) : sd., digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (v. ; ill. ; 29 cm.)
Track 1: 14:29 (narration with page turn signals) -- Track 2: 14:14 (narration with no page turn signals).
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Local Subject:
Art and poetry combine to tell the story of boxer Jack Johnson, who became the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion in the early part of the twentieth century.


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Kit KT J 921 JOHNSON 1 1

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A powerful telling of the first African-American heavyweight champion, this story portrays how a shy, fearful young man learned to fight back and become one of history's more compelling personalities. Children will be awed and inspired by the boxer's energy and drive which is duly reflected through the combination of rhythmic text and bold artwork.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-5 A read-along biography of Jack Johnson, whose courage and strength broke the boxing "color line" in the early 1900s, bringing him notoriety and fame. Dion Graham's performance of Johnson's rise to become the first black heavyweight champion relates the rhyming text with expression and emotion. Sound effects and music enhance the production, drawing listeners into the world of boxing and the fight for civil rights. An afterward includes additional information about Johnson. Standard: Students will identify the contributions of Africa American athletes to the history of sports. Instructional extension: Library of Congresss's American Memory provides students with primary source documents, including many photographs, to further investigate "who was Jack Johnson?" ( (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.