Tuesday, March 9, 2010
After reading a few acceptance speeches from Nobel Prize recipients, I feel I connected with Martin Luther King Jr.'s the most. His words grabbed my attention immediately; from the beginning he acknowledges that his battle is far from over, that only days ago protesters from his movement were attacked mercilessly by dogs and fire hoses. He then asks, why would he deserve such an award if the Civil Rights movement seems so far from success? King concedes that he is receiving the Nobel Peace Prize not for his own personal accomplishments, but in "recognition that nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral question of our time." I think this idea still holds true today, and there has still been no one to say it as eloquently as Dr. King.