The Life and Times of Len Johnson

Sunday 31 October 2021

Our guest for this event is Deej Malik-Johnson, who will be discussing the life, activism and legacy of Len Johnson.


Len was a highly skilled boxer in the 20s and 30s, however his achievements were overlooked simply because he was black. Boxing regulations at the time included the infamous Rule 24, which stated that title contestants “…must have two white parents”.

His first professional boxing bout was a third round knockout of Jerry Hogan in 1921. Out of 127 fights he won 93, drew 6 and lost only 29.

But his boxing career is just part of the story, and he went on to become a respected community leader, co-founder of the New International Society in Manchester and stood for council six times in Moss Side as a communist candidate.

Deej Malik-Johnson is co-founder of Black Lives Matter Manchester and an activist for the decolonisation of education and mental health services.

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