In 1955, an African-American boxer in New Orleans named Joe Dorsey sued the state of Louisiana for the right to fight against white opponents. What started out as a chance to advance his career wound up changing sports and culture in the state forever.
I’m a Denver-based Rolling Stone contributing editor working on a Michael Jackson biography (Scribner) due in October 2015.
I started researching Joe Dorsey and segregation in New Orleans in late 2010 after reading Terry Teachout’s great biography “Pops,” about Louis Armstrong. It was a book proposal before it landed on BuzzFeed — a labor of love.