From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Sleet, Moneta J., Jr.

(born: 1926  -  died: 1996) 

Born in Owensboro, KY, Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize in photography; he was given the award for a photo of Mrs. Martin L. King and her daughter, Bernice, at Dr. King's funeral. A photographer for Ebony Magazine, he covered African nations gaining independence. He also co-authored Special Moments in African American History: 1955-1996. Sleet was the son of Moneta Sr. and Ozetta L. Allensworth Sleet. For more see Notable Black American Men, by J. C. Smith; and Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners, by E. A. Brennan and E. C. Clarage. See also the Sleettown entry.

  See photo image and additional information about Moneta J. Sleet in "Great Black Kentuckians" at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights website.


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NKAA Entry: Sleettown (Perryville, KY)
NKAA Source: Ebony (periodical)
NKAA Source: Special moments in African American history: 1955-1996
NKAA Source: Notable Black American men
NKAA Source: Who's who of Pulitzer Prize winners

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NKAA Entry:  Sleettown (Perryville, KY)
NKAA Entry:  Wilson, G. Marshall

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