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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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