In March of 1965 Ebony magazine reported on the presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize. This most prestigious medal was awarded to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in October of 1964. It was awarded to a man who sincerely believed in non-violence. He believed that changes should come without violence and oppression. Dr. King’s acceptance speech can be read on pages 34-35 of Ebony magazine, March 1965. The article reporting the award of the Nobel Peace Prize follows the speech. The beginning of the article reads as follows:
“The Tortuous Road to Oslo” by Charles L. Sanders
In 1965 there were actually 3 marches in Alabama. The story of these events were featured in the Ebony magazine, May 1965. The final march actually happened at the end of March 1965 with the protection of the U.S. Government.
This would become a defining moment in our Civil Rights history.
This final march brought together people from many walks of life.
This was not an easy walk and many people had to drop out from exhaustion and other health related issues. People pushed on with sore feet and a strong mission to create change.
Today we honor Dr. King’s birthday in January as a national holiday. Read about the struggle for civil rights firsthand from the archives:
“50,000 March on Montgomery” by Simeon Booker