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Joe Louis’ Lifetime Achievements

Not enough people know what Joe Louis achieved in his lifetime. He was one of the greatest heavyweight boxing champions of all time, reigning as such for a record dozen years from 1937-1949. He was born into a humble family of sharecroppers but rose to become a national hero, contributing to the war effort, fighting against fascism, fighting for civil rights, and his win in the ring over Germany’s Max Schmeling made it a little easier for Jackie Robinson (whom he knew well) to break the color barrier in major league baseball.