Martin Luther King, Jr., received numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. At the time, he was the youngest man and the second American to earn the honor. While identified as an outstanding personality of the year by "Time" in 1957, the magazine also named him its "Man of the Year" in 1963.Continue Reading
Many organizations involved in social justice and equality paid tribute to King. The NAACP gave him the Spingarn Medal in 1957, citing him as having made "the highest or noblest achievement by an American Negro" during the year. The Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago recognized King with the John F. Kennedy Award in 1964, while the Southern Christian Leadership Conference acknowledged him posthumously in 1968 with the Rosa L. Parks Award.
King was presented with many honorary degrees. He was given symbolic doctorates from institutions such as Boston University, Yale University, Bard College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Professional organizations also honored King. For example, in 1958, the Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York imparted its Second Annual Achievement award to Dr. King. In 1964, the United Federation of Teachers named him the winner of The John Dewey Award for improving children's lives. The Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Die Workers International Union named King the American of the Decade in 1963.Learn more about US History
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister in Alabama and Georgia who went on to become one of the leaders of the African-American Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s. King, then serving as the minister at Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama, rose to national prominence in 1955 as the spokesman of the Montgomery bus boycott that began after the arrest of Rosa Parks. King's role in the boycott allowed him to meet President Eisenhower.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a humanitarian and social reformer who fought for African-American civil rights during the 1950s and 60s. He was assassinated in 1968.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King, Jr. had four children in total. His children were Yolanda Denise, born in 1955, Martin Luther King III, born in 1957, Dexter Scott King, born in 1961, and Bernice Albertine, who was born in 1963.Full Answer >
Martin Luther and Martin Luther King, Jr. share some similarities, such as their positions as leaders who changed the world and their religious beliefs. Both argued against the laws and doctrines that ruled their era. Both men had a wife and children.Full Answer >