World House Podcast: Episode 14-Nobel Peace Prize
On December 10, 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr., accepted the Nobel Peace Prize
in Oslo, Norway. During his acceptance speech
, King acknowledged that he received "this award on behalf of a civil rights movement which is moving with determination and a majestic scorn for risk and danger to establish a reign of freedom and a rule of justice." In the Nobel Lecture
, The Quest for Peace and Justice, King laid out his agenda of taking on the problems of racism, poverty, and war, not just in the United States but for all mankind.
The international recognition of King's activism was certainly a mountain top moment in his life. However, soon after his return home to the United States, King experienced a series of events that would send him into an emotional valley. As the FBI
monitored King's activities, the director J. Edgar Hoover deployed agents to find subversive material on King, ultimately trying to destroy his reputation as the country's most prominent leader of the civil rights movement.
Clayborne Carson, Liberation Curriculum