Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won hundreds of awards, including the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize and the Medal of Freedom. He was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize at the time. He was also awarded the Spingarn Medal of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.Continue Reading
King received 50 honorary degrees from various colleges and universities. He also received recognition from the American Jewish Committee when he received the American Liberties Medallion. In 1959, his book "Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story" received the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. King received several awards posthumously, including the Congressional Gold Medal in 1994. His wife, Coretta Scott King, was also a recipient of the award.
In addition to receiving awards, King received other honors, such as having more than 700 cities rename streets in their communities after him. He also has the distinction of having a monument in the National Mall. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill officially creating a federal holiday which honored King. President George H.W. Bush signed a proclamation naming the third Monday of every January the day on which the holiday is celebrated. Despite this, it was only in 2000 that all 50 states officially recognized the holiday.Learn more about US History
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 28, 1963. His appearance and speech were part of the March on Washington.Full Answer >
Some little known quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. include: "The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve," and "True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." The complete views and beliefs of King are often underrepresented in favor of more populist sentiments, such as snippets of his "I have a dream" speech. During his life, he actually spoke widely on a range of topics beyond racial tension and segregation.Full Answer >
Controversy surrounded the unveiling of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington, D.C., due to reactions to a quote inscribed on the statue. Late poet and civil rights leader Dr. Maya Angelou and other critics felt that the inscription made Dr. King sound arrogant.Full Answer >
In his famous open letter from the Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. defended both his right and his moral grounds for organizing nonviolent protest activities in support of the civil rights of African Americans. He defended breaking laws when those laws are unjust.Full Answer >