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.Know More
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
Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested on Oct. 19, 1960, after refusing to leave the lunch counter of a department store in Atlanta. He and 75 of his followers had been denied lunch at the counter because of the local policies on segregation.Full Answer >
Contrary to what has been stated by Republican party members, Martin Luther King, Jr. never declared that he was a Republican. In fact, he never identified with either political party and was not considered a Democrat either.Full Answer >
Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential leader of the modern American Civil Rights Movement, an advocate of nonviolence and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. He was known as a powerful speaker and is memorialized around the world for his leadership and teachings.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 >