BEAUTIFUL NEWS: Black Man Wins 2014 Pulitzer Prize + More Black Winners

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    Congrats are in order for the Detroit Free Press’ Stephen Henderson! The 43-year-old Editorial Page Editor won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for “his columns on the financial crisis facing his hometown, written with passion and a stirring sense of place, sparing no one in their critique.” This is the biggest prize in U.S. journalism! “It’s not really sunk in yet. I’m still completely overwhelmed, but, of course, really grateful,” Henderson told the Free Press.

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    “There is still greatness there and excellence,” Henderson says of his hometown of Detroit . “I feel like it’s ironic, almost, that I’m being honored for work about perhaps the darkest hour for my city, the city where I was born…we’re down but not out.”

    Henderson is the seventh Black journalist to win in the commentary category since 1970 and the only individual Black journalist mentioned for this year’s award! Black men rock!

    Check Out All The Black Pulitzer Winners:

    1950 Gwendolyn Brooks, Annie Allen, Poetry

    1969 Moneta Sleet, Jr., Deep Sorrow, Photography

    1970 Charles Gordone, No Place to be Somebody, Drama

    1976 Scott Joplin, (posthumous), Special Citation, Music

    1977 Alex Haley, Roots, Special Citation

    1978 James Alan McPherson, Elbow Room, Fiction

    1982 Charles Fuller, A Soldiers Play, Drama

    1982 John H. White, Journalism, Feature Photography

    1983 Alice Walker, The Color Purple, Fiction

    1984 Norman Lockman, Journalism (shared), Investigative Reporting

    1984 Kirk Scharfenberg, Journalism (shared), Investigative Reporting

    1987 Rita Dove, Thomas and Beulah, Poetry

    1987 August Wilson, Fences, Drama

    1988 Michel duCille, Journalism, Feature Photography

    1988 Toni Morrison, Beloved, Fiction

    1989 Clarence Page, Journalism, Commentary

    1990 August Wilson, The Piano Lesson, Drama

    1994 William Raspberry, Journalism, Commentary

    1994 Yusef Komunyakaa, Neon Vernacular, Poetry

    1994 Isabel Wilkerson, Journalism, Feature Writing

    1994 David Levering Lewis, W E B Du Bois: 1868-1919, Biography

    1996 E.R. Shipp, Journalism, Commentary

    1996 George Walker, Lilacs for…Orchestra, Music

    1997 Wynton Marsalis, Blood on the Fields, Music

    1998 Clarence Williams, Journalism, Feature Photography

    1999 Duke Ellington (posthumous), Special Citation, Music

    2001 David Levering Lewis, W E B Du Bois: 1919-1963, Biography

    2001 Gerald Boyd, Journalism (shared), National Reporting

    2002 Suzan-Lori Parks, Top Dog/Under Dog, Drama

    2003 Colbert I. King, Journalism (columnist), Commentary

    2004 Leonard Pitts, Journalism, Commentary

    2004 Edward P Jones, The Known World, Fiction

    2005 Dele Olojede, Journalism, International Reporting

    2006 Thelonius Monk, (posthumous), Special Citation

    2006 Trymaine Lee, Journalism (shared), Breaking News

    2006 Robin Givham, Journalism, Criticism

    2006 Irwin Thompson, Journalism (shared), Breaking News

    2007 Natasha Trethewey, Native Guard, Poetry

    2007 Ornette Coleman, Sound Grammar, Music

    2007 John Coltrane, (posthumous), Special Citation

    2007 Quinton Smith, Journalism (shared), Breaking News

    2007 Cynthia Tucker, Journalism, Commentary

    2009 Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello, History

    2009 Eugene Robinson, Journalism, Commentary

    2009 Lynn Nottage, Ruined, Drama

    2012 Tracy K. Smith, Life on Mars, Poetry

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