52 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his way to Oslo, Norway, where he would receive a Nobel Peace Prize. At this point in his career, King — whose legacy we celebrate today — had already led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to fight against segregation, and helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama and the “March on Washington,” where King delivered his timeless “I Have a Dream” speech.
While comparatively lesser known, King’s words in Oslo bear repeating. Some of the troubling themes King recounts — threats to voting rights, terror in houses of worship, interminable war and limits to economic opportunity — persist today. Many of his words, such as the fact that “Sooner or later all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace…[and] the foundation of such a method is love,” still go unheeded.
You can read the entirety of King’s Nobel acceptance speech here.