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During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, White and Black women, however, did return to their role as social reformers. Bernice Johnson Reagon Sullivan commented after the fight that Johnson won deservedly, fairly, and convincingly:. Retrieved May 27, In August , as Johnson neared the end of his troubled reign as world heavyweight champ, there were rumors that he had agreed to fight Langford in Paris for the title, but it came to nought. Others, like the Southern Regional Council, did not openly condemn segregation before , and remained focused on education and communication rather than advocating immediate change.