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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.


Cited in this Entry

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

Related Entries Citing this Entry

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

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