The Pulitzer Prize winners for 2021 were announced today. Notable among them were Katori Hall for Drama for The Hot Wing King, Les Payne and Tamara Payne for Biography for The Dead Are Rising: The Life of Malcolm X,
Tania León for Music for Stride, Marcia Chatelain for History for Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, Mitchell S. Jackson for Feature Writing for Twelve Minutes and a Life, Michael Paul Williams of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch for Commentary and Wesley Morris of the New York Times for Criticism.
Pulitzer gave its 2021 Special Citation Award to Darnella Frazier, the young woman who recorded the murder of George Floyd on her phone, a video that spurred protests against police brutality around the world, highlighting the crucial role of citizens in journalists’ quest for truth and justice. Past recipients in the special citation category include investigative journalist Ida B. Wells and Aretha Franklin.