Dr. King’s Day: the 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech

Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.



Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence.


Civilization and violence are antithetical concepts. Negroes of the United States, following the people of India, have demonstrated that nonviolence is not sterile passivity, but a powerful moral force which makes for social transformation.


Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace, and thereby transform this pending cosmic elegy into a creative psalm of brotherhood.


Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.

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One Response to “Dr. King’s Day: the 1964 Nobel Prize acceptance speech”

  1. jimrsbjorklund Says:

    Reblogged this on SKRiV and commented:
    Real history, just the other day…time passes so fast…

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