The Brown Bomber was the nation's first black sports hero widely acclaimed and admired by whites. Joe Louis lived with relatives in Alabama until age 12 when he moved North. Raised in Detroit, his parents had high aspirations for their children. One of his sisters served as principal of a Detroit school for decades. Louis' mother took him to ballet classes.
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Sonny Liston was born circa in St. Francis County, Arkansas, to an abusive and alcoholic father. Liston had trouble with the police as a teenager and was arrested multiple times. He learned to box while serving time in a penitentiary. Following his release, he began a controversial boxing career, winning 54 of 58 bouts from to
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Powered by WordPress. Not only was Joe Louis an amazing boxer but he also spent a lot of his time fighting social injustice and Jim Crow Laws. Joe and his family later moved to Detroit after racial tensions in Alabama.