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NABJ Salutes Pulitzer Prize Winners

Tuesday, April 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kanya Stewart
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The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates Brent Staples of the New York Times Editorial Board for being awarded the prestigious 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Editorial Writing. According to a New York Times editorial board post celebrating the announcement, Staples’ “work tackled head-on the uncomfortable truths about race in America.”

NABJ also salutes Darrin Bell, the first African American to have two nationally syndicated cartoons. He was awarded the 2019 Pulitzer for editorial cartoons. His work is shared via the Washington Post Writers Group.

According to the Times, some of the editorials that contributed to Staples receiving the honor are:  “How the Suffrage Movement Betrayed Black Women,” “When Southern Newspapers Justified Lynching,” and “America’s Last Slave Ship, and Slavery’s Stain.”

Staples is also the author of “An American Love Story “and “Parallel Time: Growing up In Black and White.”  He is a celebrated journalist, whose work spans across political, social and cultural issues.

“Now more than ever, it is important that we celebrate the work and impact of journalists and creators like Brent Staples and Darrin Bell,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Racism continues to rear its ugly head in America and Staples’ and Bell’s work help to remind us that while we have made progress we must work even harder to turn from and fight against the darkness of America’s past so that it does not become the darkness of our future.”
Among the work Bell was honored for is his “blunt and beautiful” editorial cartoons, which have criticized the policies of the White House Administration regarding disenfranchised communities and other political issues, according to Poynter. His work has also addressed issues of race, racial profiling and police brutality.
Bell is the first African American to receive the Pulitzer for editorial cartoons and is also known for his work in developing cartoons that brought attention to the death of Trayvon Martin.

NABJ congratulates all 2019 Pulitzer winners.

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