Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was the youngest recipient, at age 35, of this prestigious award and received the phone call during a routine medical exam at St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Atlanta, Georgia. He presented his Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1964.
His message is as relevant and important as it was 50 years ago. Poverty, civil rights violations, and violence continue to plague America and threaten to undermine the American ideals of opportunity and equality.
I know some will be making this day a holiday while others will be commemorating Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. However you choose to spend this day, make a few moments to read his Nobel Peace Lecture.
A video of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Acceptance Speech is here.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Nobel Peace Lecture is here.
Photo: New York Times, Martin Luther King, Jr. taking a break during the ceremony.