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, given the award for his photograph 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; Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners, by E. A. Brennan and E. C. Clarage; "Moneta J. Sleet" at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights Hall of Fame website;  and "Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. at ExploreKYHistory. See also the Sleettown NKAA entry.

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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
NKAA Entry: Sleettown (Perryville, KY)

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