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Wed, 06.22.1938

Joe Louis Retains His Boxing Title Against Max Schmeling

Louis v. Schmeling (1938)

On this date in 1938, Joe Louis knocked out Max Schmeling in a rematch of an earlier fight Louis had lost.

When "The Brown Bomber" avenged his loss with the white-German boxer, viewed as a Nazi symbol of an alleged "superior race," the entire country celebrated, not just Blacks but many whites too.  Joe Louis (pictured in the far left corner) floored Schmeling three times, winning their much-publicized rematch at Yankee Stadium in the first round.

Louis's wartime patriotism in a racially divided country made him a symbol of national unity and purpose.  Twice he donated his purse to military relief funds.  This dedication to humanity came before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. At a time of Jim Crow segregation, when black children could not attend American public schools, black adults were excluded from comparable employment to whites, and black families could not live where they chose.

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