Goodluck Jonathan: The First African Leader To Win Martin Luther King’s Award For Human Rights


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Former Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was honored by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in Atlanta, Georgia during Matin Luther King’s celebration.

He was awarded the Presidential Award in recognition of his leadership in advancing human rights, social justice and the fight for universal freedom.

The SCLC, founded by the late American Civil Right leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in January 1957, is currently led by Dr. Charles Steele Jr.

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Dr. Charles Steele Jr. proposed to work with Goodluck Jonathan to advance the cause of peace around the world and to bridge the gap between people in the Diaspora and Africa.

Goodluck Jonathan is the first African leader to be honored with the Award. The event is part of activities marking the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, January 18, 2016.

Goodluck Ebele Jonathan

Dr. Jonathan also received Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s sister, Naomi King during the event. Before his remarks at the event, Dr. Jonathan met privately with the president of the SCLC.

Former President Jonathan responded that his vision is to help stabilize and promote democracy and peace in Africa. He went on to say that without peace you can not have economic progress.

Nigeria former president expressed his pleasure in being so honoured and also meeting the sister of the famous human rights activist.

“I thank Dr. Charles Steele Jr, President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, and the executive of the SCLC for honoring me today,” he said.

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“It was virtually impossible to separate this worthy body from its founder, the late great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, or from epoch-making landmark events of the American Civil Rights movement,” Dr. Jonathan added.

He also said:

“My personal takeaway from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, is service to God and the brotherhood and equality of all men before their Creator.

“In keeping with that, I have learned not to look up to any man, except he is taller than I, or to look down on a fellow mortal, except I am admiring his shoes.”

Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is the Chairman of the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation and is in Atlanta, Georgia, on the invitation of a number of US institutions.