Sleet, Moneta, Jr.
- Cherise Smith
photojournalist, was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, the elder of two children of Moneta Sleet Sr. and Ozetta Allensworth, both teachers. Owensboro was a segregated town, but it fostered a close-knit black community that offered a safe environment in which to raise Moneta and his sister, Emmy Lou. Moneta's parents were college educated, and they instilled in their son a high regard for education and a deep respect for their racial heritage. By the time Moneta was ten years old, he had become the family photographer, shooting with a Brownie box camera. At Western High School, he joined the camera club, learning from his chemistry teacher how to develop pictures. He graduated in 1942.
Sleet enrolled at Kentucky State College in 1942 and majored in business while working as assistant to Dean John T. Williams who was himself an accomplished photographer and from whom Sleet learned ...
A version of this article originally appeared in African American National Biography.