This Day in Black History: Oct. 14, 1964

Civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. wins a Nobel Peace Prize.

Posted: 10/14/2014 08:00 AM EDT
Martin Luther King Jr.

On Oct. 14, 1964, Martin Luther King Jr. received a Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the civil rights movement at age 35, making him the youngest person to receive the honor.

By the mid-'60s, King was known internationally for his work in advocating racial equality through nonviolent civil disobedience. King was influenced by Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi and appropriated many of his theories about nonviolence in his organization of peaceful protests that were often met with brutal violence by whites.

Upon notification of his Nobel win, King announced that he would donate the $54,123 in prize money to further the civil rights movement.

King continued to work as an activist and an outspoken advocate of civil rights until he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

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