Facts about Martin Luther King Jr


Honorary Degrees for Martin Luther King Jr

Dr. King was awarded honorary degrees from various colleges and universities in the United States and several foreign countries. They include:

* Doctor of Humane Letters, Morehouse College
* Doctor of Laws, Howard University
* Doctor of Divinity, Chicago Theological Seminary
* Doctor of Laws, Morgan State University
* Doctor of Humanities, Central State University
* Doctor of Divinity, Boston University
* Doctor of Laws, Lincoln University
* Doctor of Laws, University of Bridgeport
* Doctor of Civil Laws, Bard College
* Doctor of Letters, Keuka College
* Doctor of Divinity, Wesleyan College
* Doctor of Laws, Jewish Theological Seminary
* Doctor of Laws, Yale University
* Doctor of Divinity, Springfield College
* Doctor of Laws, Hofstra University
* Doctor of Humane Letters, Oberlin College
* Doctor of Social Science, Amsterdam Free University
* Doctor of Divinity, St. Peter’s College
* Doctor of Civil Law, University of New Castle, Upon Tyne
* Doctor of Laws, Grinnell College


Dr Martin Luther King received numerous awards for his leadership in the Civil Rights Movement. Among them were the following:

* Selected as one of the ten most outstanding personalities of the year by Time Magazine, 1957.
* Listed in Who’s Who in America, 1957.
* The Spingarn Medal from the NAACP, 1957.
* The Russwurm Award from the National Newspaper Publishers, 1957.
* The Second Annual Achievement Award from The Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York, 1958.
* Selected as one of the sixteen world leaders who had contributed most to the advancement of freedom during 1959 by Ling Magazine of New Delhi, India.
* Named ‘Man of the Year, ‘ by Time Magazine, 1963.
* Named ‘American of the Decade,’ by the 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, at age 35, the youngest man, second American, and the third black man to be so honored, 1964.
* 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.
* The Aims Field-Wolf Award for his book, Stride Toward Freedom.

Publications of Martin Luther King Jr

Although extremely involved with his family, his church, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, activities for peace and justice, his world travels, and his many speaking engagements, Dr. King wrote six books and numerous articles. His volumes include:

* Stride Toward Freedom, (New York: Harper & Row, 1958). The story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
* The Measure of a Man, (Philadelphia: Pilgrim Press, 1959). A selection of sermons.
* Why We Can’t Wait, (New York: Harper & Row, 1963). The story of the Birmingham Campaign.
* Strength to Love, (New York: Harper & Row, 1963). A selection of sermons.
* Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? (New York: Harper & Row, 1967). Reflections on the problems of today’s world, the nuclear arms race, etc.
* The Trumpet of Conscience, (New York: Harper & Row, 1968). The Massey Lectures. Sponsored by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. (Posthumously).

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