Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

1929 - 1968 

     Our school is named for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was one of the most visible leaders of the nonviolent Civil Rights movement in the United Sates in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964 Dr. King became the youngest person in history to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is the first African American to be honored with a federal holiday and the first African American to have a memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Awards and Recognitions 

  • Selected one of the most outstanding personalities of the year by Time magazine, 1957.
  • Listed in Who's Who in America, 1957.
  • The Spingarn Medal from NAACP, 1957.
  • The Russwurm Award from the National Newspaper Publishers, 1957.
  • The Second Annual Achievement - The Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York, 1958.
  • Magazine of New Dehli, India, listed 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.
  • Nobel Peace Prize, 1964.
  • The John Dewey Award, from the United Federation of Teachers, 1964.
  • The John F. Kennedy Award, from the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago, 1964.
  • American Civil Liberties Medallion 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 (posthumously), by President Jimmy Carter, 1977.

--from website          

Related Links 


Video - Segment of the 'I Have a Dream' speech -  August 28, 1963 at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

Full text and mp3 recording of the 'I have a Dream' speech - American Rhetoric Top 100 Speeches

Video - Segment of Dr. King's Last Speech 'I Have Been to the Mountaintop'  April 3, 1968


 Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography - 

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Biography - 

MLK Memorial 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial - National Park Service 



 These books are available in the MLK MS Library