“The time is always right to do what’s right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Born in Atlanta on Jan. 15, 1929, King is celebrated everywhere for his dedication to peace, justice and equal rights for all, regardless of race, creed or color. His writings have been widely distributed and quoted and continue to serve as a major inspiration for readers, writers and activists of every social justice cause.
He is the only individual American to be honored with a federal holiday in his name, and he won or has been named for hundreds of other awards both in America and abroad, including (at the time in 1964) being the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded both the Presidential Medal of Freedom (in 1977) and The Congressional Gold Medal (in 2004), the only person to be honored with both. And, he is the youngest person to ever receive more than 50 honorary degrees.
One of King’s first books, Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, which is dedicated to honoring written works that make important contributions to the understanding of racism and the appreciation of the rich diversity of human culture.
“The art of acceptance,” he said, “is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.”
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