Today in History: King Wins Nobel Peace Prize
On October 14, 1964, Georgian-born Baptist Minister Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial discrimination. Influenced by the philosophies and practices of Mohandas Ghandi, King organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the first of a series of peaceful protests aimed at ending racial segregation. He donated the Nobel prize money to the Civil Rights Movement and continued to fight for the rights of poor Americans until his assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968.
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- Nobel Peace Prize Awarded Dr. King. (1964, Oct 14). Newsday (1940-1988)
- Dr. Martin Luther King Wins Nobel Peace Prize. (1964, Oct 15). The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973)
- Special to The New York Times. (1964, Oct 15). Martin Luther King Wins the Nobel Prize for Peace. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Nobel Peace Prize for Martin King: Youngest Winner of Award. (1964, Oct 15). The Times of India (1861-Current)
- Dr. King Accepts Nobel Peace Prize. (1964, Dec 11). Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Charlton, L. (1964, Oct 15). Profile: Dr. Martin Luther King. Newsday (1940-1988)
- “A Creative Psalm of Brotherhood”: The Speech Delivered by Rev Martin Luther King Jr. on Accepting the Nobel Peace Prize Dec. 10, 1964. (1986, Jan 20). Newsday (1940-1988)
- The Life and Times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1996, Jan 19). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Chronological List of King Family’s Life. (2001, Jan 12). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Timeline of the Life of MLK: Birth and Family. (2003, Jan 15). New Journal and Guide (1916-2003)
- King, M., J. (1964, Dec 05). Dr. Martin Luther King’s Own Story: “What Nobel Peace Prize Means to Me”. New Journal and Guide (1916-2003)
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