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The Nobel Peace Prize 1964
Martin Luther King Jr.

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"I Have a Dream ..."

On 28 August 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. organised a now historic march to Washington to show the importance of solving the United States racial problems. About 250,000 people gathered and listened to his immortal words: "I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character".

A year later, in 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In his acceptance speech he said:
"I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality".

Read or listen to Martin Luther King's acceptance speech
'The Speech' - about Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech from The Guardian


What do you refuse to accept?

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What do you refuse to accept?

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"how some people still make fun of blacks talk about them"
/jaquantis mcnair
"I can't accept a society in which people are accustomed to saying "who cares?""
/Guanqing Pan, New Jersey, the United States
"We need Peace for the World no more War try to remeber we are brothers and sisters don´t matter race, age, nationality.... PEACE!"
/Robert Goodrich
"I refuse to accept that peace isn't possible."
/Bryony
"I refuse to accept distortions of people's values: The society tells them to pursue for money or fame but not the social welfare or equality"
/Yuxuan Cao
"I refuse to accept that we are alle alike. We're made different to combine as ONE!!!"
/Raphael
"I hope peace, tolerance and diversity will one day rule the world!"
/Luis Quinones-Ramirez
"I refuse to accept man's inhumanity to man as a norm."
/Alex. Scotland
"I refuse to accept that we need to live in a world where we purposely hurt ourselves, animals and this planet for our own apparent gain."
/Faith Canter
"I cant accapt that Obama is responsible for torture and thousends of deaths and still can keep the nobel peace prize"
/Michael Goedecke
"The struggle is an endless one,emergence of Barack Obama is a testimony,only time will tell"
/Jude E Dike
"I refuse to accept still having racial basis for jobs!"
/Ariy
"I refuse to accept that african americans were killedfor no apparent reason."
/Brianna Murray
"I refuse to let violence take our society, it's not by fighting fire with fire that it will lead us towards a world of tolerance."
/Marie-Soleil Normandin
"I refuse to accept that tribes cannot become republic"
/radu vlad
"I refuse to accept the negative comments and the people who tell me I won't succeed!"
/Carlos Arzaga
"I refuse the violence and sheer hatred inflicted on me daily because of the colour of my skin and sex."
/Edna Osman, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
"I refuse to accept that even today, fifty years after Mr. King's speech, there are still people who think blacks are a lesser race."
/A.C.
"I refuse to believe that the last solution in a conflict between two countries is the war."
/Gabriel MG
"I refuse to accept racial prejudice from lesser individuals"
/Dan Z
"Thank you Dr. Martin Luther King for all that you've done for not only blacks but everyone but we still got work to do here in America.."
/Willie Lawrence Jackson 3rd
"The dream has more power than ever before. Each day got his own reason to make a better world, a justice commitment and build a better human"
/Carlos A. Borelli
"I refuse to accept that every human being has same capacities, abilities, thinking pattern, attitudes and bahavior. So, why expect?"
/Adnan Ayub
"I refuse to accept the fact that history teaches us a lesson and 50 years later we still live in hatred and are living in a patriotic world"
/lucas
"I too have a dream, that one day black and white people can play basketball together, and not be racccciiiiisssssssstttttt"
/ethan saville
"I have a dreaaaam, that all my brother and sisterssssss, can re unite with all the white people."
/marrtin
"I refuse to accept that we blacks had no right's and that Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed by a bullet that was meant for him; It wasn't!"
/-Unknown
"I refuce to accept that Peace Nobel Price Bearers are willing to start a WAR without having a clue of what he is going to mess up..."
/Nils
"I refuse to accept another US Military drone bomb over the Mid Eastern lands."
/Freedom Fighter
"I refuse to accept a society in which money is continuously plowed into military expenditure yet schools and educational institutions suffer"
/D.Velz
"I refuse to accept the idea that we must fight wars to end violence. The only way to peace is non-violence, and to love one another."
/Rob Child Turner
"I refuse knowing that now some children are sad because the world is sad and poor of culture and civilitation..I agree with them"
/marina
"I refuse to accept the falsehood and the cowardice. Be courageous like MLK: Revoke The Prize to Obama!!!"
/Marcello Foresti, Italia
"I refuse to accept inequality , injustice , racism and irresponsible humans"
/Alexander Tshai
"I refuse to accept the idea that you have given the Nobel Peace Prize to Obama, who seeks any excuse to attack Syria."
/Eddy Moon
"I refuse to accept a society where any struggle for positive change is met resistance only to make way for the vested interest of a few."
/Umair Amin
"I refuse to accept that people will be judged by their origins, and I believe that love is the only weapon that will brings us all as ONE."
/CEDRICK MATALA
"I refuse to accept a society where any struggle for positive change is met resistance only to make way for the vested interest of a few."
/Umair Amin
"I refuse to accept that Peace Prize Laureate. Barack Obama should continue to incite Wars & Kill people, and still retain his Nobel Prize !"
/James Stuart
"I refuse to accept that justice, freedom, and wealth are for the minority and , that mankind will rather repeat History than learn from it."
/Nimelydi Rosa
"I refuse to accept differniating between black and white that time."
/Faisal
"I refuse to accept that War is better than Diplomacy, that an alternative cannot be found to killing"
/RonnieC
"I refuse the mindset of most of the world`s population. Care for the weak if you have power, don't loose the hope if you are weak!"
/Naceer Ehmed
"wasting time"
/jp
"despite of our colour and origin we should keep in mind that we have the same father."
/Ruhuro Daniel
"No matter how many try to diminish the dream, it will never die, because it is an everlasting!"
/K. Young
"Our planet and 'a big house and we usufriamo of its hospitality', we must take care of them or one day or the other we will be evicted."
/luigi
"I refuse to accept 42 SEK ice cream. I mean, seriously."
/No go
"I refuse to accept the injustice, cruelty, and hatred I see in this world! We are meant for more than this!"
/Marina
"I believe that humanity's greatest hour is yet to come."
/MICHAEL SCHWARTZ
"you are a great source of inspiration for all of the world. Today specially developing countries should learn from your struggle."
/gurinder singh
"What can I say? Thank you, for being taunted harassed belittled and targeted on my behalf.. A woman yet to be born but afforded so much!"
/Nicole Elaine Avery
"great leader"
/ankur nagar
"I refuse to accept any kind of intimidation. Don´t feel ashamed to be yourself and never let the others bring you down."
/Caterina
"not having any dreams"
/kaz
"I refuse to accept that the crime and violence in Chicago as "business as usual". We/I will take personal responsibility, like Dr. King."
/Cecelia
"I refuse to accept the fact that America practices capital punishment. We are better than that."
/Zachary Hardy
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