Gelatin silver print
Image: 16.5 x 24.4 cm (6 1/2 x 9 5/8 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.217
When he won in 1964, thirty-five-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Nobel Peace Prize was given to Dr. King "for his non-violent struggle for civil rights for the Afro-American population.” In his acceptance speech, he identified three inextricably bound problems plaguing humanity: racial injustice, poverty, and war. He ended his talk by remarking, “I have the personal faith that mankind will somehow rise up to the occasion and give new directions to an age drifting rapidly to its doom.”
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