Moneta J. Sleet, Jr. Historical Marker
Moneta J. Sleet Jr. was the first African- American to win a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1969. His prize-winning photograph featured a forlorn Coretta Scoot King holding her five-year-daughter at the funeral of her husband, and civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Sleet Jr. was employed as a longtime press photographer for Ebony magazine where he often depicted the African-American struggle for civil rights during the 1950s and 1960s.
Backstory and Context
Moneta Sleet would eventually obtain a master’s degree in journalism from New York State University. In 1955, Sleet joined Ebony, a black-owned magazine based in Chicago. One of his first assignments was to follow a young political organizer named Dr. Martin Luther King.