MLK Day: Martin Luther King Jr. Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech

mlk                                    January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Martin Luther King Jr. held his acceptance speech in the auditorium of the University of Oslo on 10 December 1964. He understood that this acceptance speech was for all African-Americans and that the world was watching. He begins with, “I accept this award on behalf of a civil rights movement, which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice. I am mindful that only yesterday in Birmingham, Alabama, our children, crying out for brotherhood, were answered with fire hoses, snarling dogs and even death. I am mindful that only yesterday in Philadelphia, Mississippi, young people seeking to secure the right to vote were brutalized and murdered. And only yesterday more than 40 houses of worship in the State of Mississippi alone were bombed or burned because they offered a sanctuary to those who would not accept segregation. I am mindful that debilitating and grinding poverty afflicts my people and chains them to the lowest rung of the economic ladder.” Martin Luther King was an inspiring leader, humanitarian, and the leader of the African-American Civil Rights Movement.  His Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech was just one of his many speeches that left a memorable effect. We remember him on this day and appreciate his contribution to world peace!