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Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr, one of the most influential figures in the US civil-rights movement, still revered by people all over the world today. Honoring his legacy feels more significant and urgent than ever.

Much of what people know about Dr. King is limited to his iconic role in the 1963 March on Washington. But beyond his timeless, quotable speeches, there are many fascinating aspects to learn about the reverend’s life.

Here is one amazing fact about the incredible activist, leader, and changemaker that you probably didn’t learn in school.In 1964, at the age of 35, King received this global honor for his unwavering commitment to civil rights, nonviolence, and helping the US government move toward making discrimination unlawful.

His prize included a check for $54,123, which he donated to various organizations – Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), the NAACP, National Council of Negro Women, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and others – to aid in the progress of the civil rights movement.

Source: Insider