Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Manchester Historian pays homage to Clayton boxer

As part of the Cafe Historique Black History Month events in Manchester, there will be talk by Michael Herbert about Len Johnson on Wednesday 12 October.

Johnson was born in Clayton, Manchester in 1902. His father was William Benker Johnson, an African seaman, and his mother was Margaret Maher.

Len was one of the finest middle-weight boxers of his day, beating many British and European title holders, but was never allowed to fight for an official British title because of his colour. In the 1940s he joined the Communist Party, fighting against racism and discrimination with the same skill and determination that he once shown against his opponents in the ring. He died in 1974.

The talk takes place at 2pm at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 Crescent Salford M5 4WX

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