Black History 'Erryday': Happy 86th Birthday Don King


Donald King 8/20/1931 Cleveland, OH.

Boxing promoter.

Dropped out of Kent State University.

Married, wife died in 2010, 3 children.

Mike Tyson said of him: "(King is) a wretched, slimy, reptilian motherfucker. This is supposed to be my 'black brother', right? He's just a bad man, a real bad man. He would kill his own mother for a dollar. He's ruthless, he's deplorable, he's greedy ... and he doesn't know how to love anybody."

In 1954 he shot a man in the back and killed him after he allegedly robbed one of King’s gambling houses. The killing was later rule a justifiable homicide.

In 1967 he was convicted of non-negligent manslaughter for stomping one of his employees to death who allegedly owed him $600. He served nearly four years in prison and was pardoned in 1983.

Best known for promoting The Rumble in the Jungle the Jackson’s Victory Tour and Thrilla in Manila.

Peace, love, joy, gratitude, faith, courage, compassion, and blessings.

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