The Nobel Peace Prize and Martin Luther King /Rodrigo Aridjis – Quadratín

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The invention of the Nobel Prize is due to the Swedish inventor and businessman Alfred Nobel, who in 1900 created his foundation, in order to award annual prizes in the field of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace, to characters who contributed through their contributions to the aggrandizement of man and nations.

Nobel had this vision since several of his inventions, which were used in construction and mining, also had war applications (Nobel was the inventor of dynamite and gelignite, another explosive). During his lifetime this inventor patented more than 355 inventions.

On October 14, 1964 Martin Luther King Jr, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, this American Baptist minister and activist became the most visible spokesman and leader of the civil rights movement from 1955 until his assassination in 1968.

Martin Luther King, in the year 1963, in front of 250 thousand people, in the city of Washington, United States, expressed his famous speech against violence: I share with you a part of his speech in favor of freedom, Unfortunately, so current Like the day it was first heard:

“I have a dream”…

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We believe… that all men are created equal”… I have a dream that my four young children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!… When we let freedom resound, when we let it resound from every town and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to hasten the arrival of that day when all the children of God, men blacks and white men, Jews and Christians, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing the words of an old black spiritual: ‘We are free at last! We are finally free! Thank God Almighty, we are finally free!

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Martin Luther King for the peaceful struggle he led, along with many other voices, against racial discrimination, as well as his achievement in putting the issue of the Civil Rights Act on the agenda.

Luther King Inspired the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination, in December 1965. He was against the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the Apartheid (separation) that prevailed in South Africa, segregating racial groups and advocate for the rights of poor people in the world.

Returning to our days. This year the Peace Prize was awarded to the Russian human rights organization “Memorial”, the Ukrainian human rights organization “Center for Civil Liberties” and the Belarusian Ales Bialiatski, political activist and human rights defender in his country. Who created the organization Viasna (Spring) in 1996 with the aim of stopping torture and supporting political prisoners in his country; Currently this character has been under arrest since 2020, after the demonstrations against the re-election of President Alexander Lukashehko, who has governed that country since 1994 and is known as “the last dictator of Europe”.

Although it is true, the Nobel Prize is used as a symbol of prestige for the characters or their nations of origin. It has not always been granted in the best way. It should be remembered that, in 1973, it was awarded to the Secretary of the United States of America, Henry Kissinger, who supported the bombing of Cambodia in Southeast Asia. Just to mention one of the controversial cases of this award.

What must be rescued from this prestigious and controversial award is the fight for equality and peace among human beings, above all things. Hopefully at some point the shadows of war give way to dreamers, artists, inventors, poets, scientists, sowers to cultivate the hope of a better tomorrow for humanity.

I close with the words of Martin Luther King:

“…In fact, violence just makes hate grow. And this continues. Return hate for hate multiplied to hate, adding a darkness even deeper than a night without stars. Darkness cannot hide darkness: only light can do this. Hate cannot hide hate: only love can do this.”

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The Nobel Peace Prize and Martin Luther King /Rodrigo Aridjis – Quadratín