Riots to Renaissance: John 'Mushmouth' Johnson

John 'Mushmouth' Johnson

John V. "Mushmouth" Johnson became known as the "Negro Gambling King of Chicago." Though he amassed a fortune running illegal gambling operations, including policy, Johnson himself did not bet. He was a nightclub owner, savvy businessman, and political operator, plowing his illegal income into legitimate businesses and "buying" protection from politicians.

Policy expert Nathan Thompson describes Mushmouth Johnson: