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Title:
Special moments in African-American history, 1955-1996 : the photographs of Moneta Sleet, Jr., Ebony magazine's Pulitzer Prize winner
Author:
Sleet, Moneta, Jr., 1926-1996.
Edition:
First limited edition.
Publication Information:
Chicago : Johnson Pub. Co. ; [New York] : Distributed by St. Martin's Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
vii, 184 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 34 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780874850871
Format :
Book

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Central Library E185.615 .S5735 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
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Summary

The photographs of Moneta Sleet Jr. are internationally acclaimed collector's items encapsulating special moments in the history of African Americans around the world in the latter half of the 20th century. Now, for the first time, these works that have been coveted by many are presented in one remarkable book. Many of these rare photographs have never been seen before.


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Booklist Review

This book is a tribute to Sleet, the first African American to win a Pulitzer prize for photography. The prize winner--a striking photograph of Coretta Scott King at her husband's funeral, comforting her daughter Bernice--is among the collection. As a photographer for Ebony, Sleet was on hand to witness and photograph significant moments in black history: the freedom rides and demonstrations of the civil rights movement, record-making moments of black participation in the Olympics, and the major black leaders and entertainers of the twentieth century. The book includes some commentary by Sleet on the difficulties of capturing some scenes--his decision to focus on a fidgeting young girl at the funeral of her assassinated father--and the joy of documenting so many of the advances for blacks that he personally witnessed. The collection includes family photos of notable black leaders, e.g., Paul Robeson and Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's widow, and some reflecting the typical celebrity-and fashion-conscious focus of Ebony. Gordon Parks wrote the introduction for this tribute to a talented man. --Vanessa Bush


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