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Martin Luther King, Jr.Here is a list of places, in some of the more unlikely countries, that honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who at 35 was the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

 

1. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Church in Debrecen, Hungary

 

Significance: King’s father, Martin Luther King Sr., visited Eastern Europe in 1978 to unveil a large bust of his son in Debrecen, in front of a historic church named for the younger King. Debrecen is the second-largest city in Hungary after Budapest. During World War II, 50 percent of the city’s b uildings were destroyed, making King’s message of nonviolence even more powerful.

 

2. The King-Luthuli Transformation Center in Johannesburg

 

Significance: The center was founded in 1987 “to promote the culture of learning in a country where, for 20 years, young people have called for ‘liberation before education.’ ”

The center also has worked with the King Center in Atlanta to help teach a nonviolence voter curriculum so South African citizens could use King’s techniques and avoid the bloodshed experienced during other African elections. The center is also named after South African Albert Luthuli, who was awarded the 1960 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the nonviolent struggle against apartheid. He was the first African to receive th. award.

 

By Emily Wax

 

Read more: The Washington Post (August 23,2011)


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