Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. - Awards & Recognition
by Toby Barazzuol on Monday Jan 16, 2012

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today the world honours Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the amazing dreams that he brought to us all.  He touched the lives of many people in his drive for social justice, freedom, human dignitiy and civil rights.  Without a doubt, we all owe a debt a gratitude for the sacrifice that he made to improve the human experience.

In the vision of Dr. King, we believe that recognition is important for everyone, not only exceptional individuals, but it's interesting to see how he was recognized during his lifetime and beyond:

  • Recognized by Time Magazine as one of the most outstanding personalities of the year, 1957
  • The Spingarn Medal from NAACP, 1957.
  • The Russwurm Award from the National Newspaper Publishers, 1957.
  • The Second Annual Achievement Award - The Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York, 1958.
  • Magazine of New Dehli recognized Dr. King as one of the sixteen world leaders who had contributed most to the advancement of freedom during 1959.
  • Named American of the Decade by Laundry, Dry Cleaning, and Die Workers International Union, 1963.
  • The John Dewey Award, from the United Federation of Teachers, 1964.
  • The John F. Kennedy Award, from the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago, 1964.
  • The Nobel Peace Prize, 1964
  • American Liberties Medallion for his “exceptional advancements of the principles of human liberty” from the American Jewish Committee, 1965
  • Margaret Sanger Award from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, 1966
  • The Marcus Garvey Prize for Human Rights, presented by the Jamaican Government. (posthumously) 1968.
  • The Rosa L. Parks Award, presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (posthumously) 1968.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom from Jimmy Carter, (posthumously, 1977)

People such as Dr. King are a rare breed of true heroes that change the world, however we all encounter different types of heroes in our lives everyday.  They are the dreamers and doers within our communities, working hard to make the world a better place.

Do you know of heroes within your community that deserve some recognition for their efforts?

jeff - Thursday Feb 7, 2019 at 12:01pm PST

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jeff jr - Monday Feb 4, 2019 at 7:08am PST
killhi - Saturday Feb 2, 2019 at 5:13am PST
natalie - Tuesday Jan 29, 2019 at 8:50am PST
rip for mlk jr i wish he lived longer&#128546 but sadly he had to go who ever did this i believe they were caught and is in prision today but i wish he was protected then this wouldn't have happened RIP MLK Jr.!
TSM_BRENDEN - Tuesday Jan 22, 2019 at 11:59am PST
easton hilliker - Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 at 12:11pm PST
i feel bad for this man
nona - Wednesday Jan 16, 2019 at 12:09pm PST
what up

Foundation of Education Schools - Friday Mar 2, 2018 at 5:04am PST
It is truly inspiring, keep up this work and update a few.
ecw - Saturday Feb 25, 2017 at 1:22pm PST
i think MLK Jr. is the true barrier between african americans being segregated to being free while doing it non-violent
sylvia henery - Thursday Dec 3, 2015 at 11:34am PST
I like king
jeff - Wednesday Sep 23, 2015 at 10:21am PST
martin was a great guy he is my herrrro

big A - Monday Sep 21, 2015 at 10:05am PST
he was a true hero to african-americans



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