A University of California San Diego music professor was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Monday for his opera titled “The Central Park Five,” said CBS8 report.
The music prize was awarded to Anthony Davis for his opera dramatizing the real-life case.
The case stemmed from the lives of five African American and Hispanic teenage boys convicted of assaulting and raping a white woman jogging through New York City’s Central Park in 1989.
They were exonerated 13 years later through DNA evidence.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the announcing the list of winners was via video.
Pulitzer Prize Administrator Dana Canedy called the opera “a courageous operatic work, marked by powerful vocal writing and sensitive orchestration, that skillfully transforms a notorious example of contemporary injustice into something empathetic and hopeful.”
On related news, US author Colson Whitehead has become only the fourth writer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction twice, said a BBC report.
The African-American author was honored for The Nickel Boys, which chronicles the abuse of black boys at a juvenile reform school in Florida.
Whitehead, a 50-year-old New Yorker, won the 2017 prize in the same category for his book Underground Railroad.
Before him, only Booth Tarkington, William Faulkner, and John Updike had won the Pulitzer for fiction twice.