On this day in 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace prize at 35. The prize was awarded for his promotion of non-violent tactics to end racial discrimination in the United States.
This seems like a fitting time to remember some of what he said in his acceptance speech:
“Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood. If this is to be achieved, man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometimes it feel like we haven’t come nearly far enough in the last 52 years.
Image from the Martin Luther King, Jr Memorial in Washington, DC