Besides winning the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, in 1965 the
American Jewish Committee presented King with the American
Liberties Medallion for his "exceptional advancement
of the principles of human liberty." Reverend King
said in his acceptance remarks, "Freedom is one thing.
You have it all or you are not free."
In 1966, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America
awarded Dr. King the Margaret Sanger Award for "his
courageous resistance to bigotry and his lifelong dedication
to the advancement of social justice and human dignity."
In 1977, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was awarded
posthumously to King by Jimmy Carter.
King is the second most admired person in the 20th century,
according to a Gallup poll.
King was voted 6th in the "Person of the Century"
poll by Time Magazine.
Other notable awards that Dr King received:
- Selected one of the most
outstanding personalities of the year by Time magazine,
- Listed in Who's Who in America, 1957.
- The Spingarn Medal from NAACP,
- The Russwurm Award from the
National Newspaper Publishers, 1957.
- The Second Annual Achievement - The
Guardian Association of the Police Department of New York,
- 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.
- 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 Marcus Garvey Prize for Human
Rights, presented by the Jamaican Government. (posthumously)
- The Rosa L. Parks Award, presented by the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference. (posthumously) 1968.