Jerry Pinkney is the first individual African American to win the Caldecott Medal award!
"Announcement of the 2010 Caldecott Medal came on Martin Luther King Day and made Pinkney the first African American to break the silver-medal ceiling since Leo Dillon. " - San Francisco Chronicle Leo Dillon won the Caldecott award two years in a row with his wife Diane in 1976 (Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale ) and 1977 (Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions).
The Caldecott Medal is named in honor of nineteenth century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott and is awarded annually to the illustrator of the most distinguished picture book for children. It is sponsored by the Association of Library Service to Children a division of the American Library Association