MLK: A Global Icon who took his dream to many shores…

martin-luther-king-jr-553x290 Happy Belated Birthday to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who would have been 85 on January 15th, 2014. Many folks fail to know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled outside of the United States. In the eleven-year period between 1957 and 1968, King traveled over six million miles and spoke over twenty-five hundred times, appearing wherever there was injustice, protest, and action. Not only did he visit Honolulu, Hawaii, the Berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany but he also traveled to Oslo, Norway to receive his Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 (the youngest recipient ever at 35 years old).
Martin Luther King, Jr. (left) and Ralph Abernathy (right) at the Berlin Wall on September 13, 1964. King had been invited to the German capital by Berlin mayor Willy Brandt. King also visited East Berlin during this trip

Martin Luther King, Jr. (left) and Ralph Abernathy (right) at the Berlin Wall on September 13, 1964. King had been invited to the German capital by Berlin mayor Willy Brandt. King also visited East Berlin during this trip

Dr. Martin Luther king greeted upon his arrival to Hawaii.

Dr. Martin Luther king greeted upon his arrival to Hawaii.

  King also made a special trip to India to pay homage to his idol Mahatma Gandhi.In his autobiography, King stated that “Gandhi was the guiding light of our technique of nonviolent social change” during the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott in 1956 that ended segregation on that city’s buses, and throughout the years King led the American civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King both adorning garlands, are welcomed by admirers in New Delhi, India, February 10, 1959.

Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King both adorning garlands, are welcomed by admirers in New Delhi, India, February 10, 1959.

King wanted to see for himself the results of Gandhi’s nonviolent campaign to end British colonial rule and improve the lives of India’s “untouchables” (members of the lowest social caste). He was invited by then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and along with his wife, Coretta, and biographer Lawrence Reddick, he arrived in Bombay (now Mumbai) on February 9, 1959. His group traveled to New Delhi and several other cities over a month long period. The 50th anniversary of that historic journey was commemorated in February, 2009 with a visit to India by King’s son, Martin Luther King III; members of the U.S. Congress, including Representative John Lewis, the last surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington; Clayborne Carson, editor of several volumes of King’s papers; jazz musician Herbie Hancock; and others.

A man places a paper cap on Martin Luther King III as his wife, Arndrea Waters King, looks on during their visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmadabad, India, on Friday. The son of late U.S. civil rights leader is on a visit to India commemorating the 50th anniversary of his parents' pilgrimage here to study non-violence. Photo By: AJIT SOLANKI / AP

Learn more about the late Dr. King here..