On October 14, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Civil Rights movement and social justice. The award was given a little more than a year after King made his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Million Man March on Washington.
In his acceptance speech, which you can watch right here, King made note of how just the day previous protestors in Birmingham, Ala. were dispersed with fire hoses, among other things:
I must ask why this prize is awarded to a movement which is beleaguered and committed to unrelenting struggle; to a movement which has not won the very peace and brotherhood which is the essence of the Nobel Prize.
He ultimately addressed why he had accepted the Nobel:
I accept this award today with an abiding faith in America and an audacious faith in the future of mankind. I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history.
King said he accepted for all those “whose eyes the beauty of genuine brotherhood and peace is more precious than diamonds or silver or gold.”
Also today: Pulp Fiction was released in theaters in 1994—let’s all go get a Big Kahuna burger and re-watch it.
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