Reverend King Awards and Recognition

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, 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.
  • 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) 1968.
  • The Rosa L. Parks Award, presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. (posthumously) 1968.

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