Excerpts from Martin Luther King Jr.’s letter to The Nobel Institute, nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967:


"As the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate of 1964, I now have the pleasure of proposing to you the name of Thich Nhat Hanh for that award in 1967.

I do not personally know of anyone more worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize than this gentle Buddhist monk from Vietnam….

I know Thich Nhat Hanh and am privileged to call him my friend…. You will find in this single human being an awesome range of abilities and interests.

He is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity… he is also a poet of superb clarity and human compassion….

His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.

I respectfully recommend to you that you invest his cause with the acknowledged grandeur of the Nobel Peace Prize of 1967. Thich Nhat Hanh would bear this honor with grace and humility.


Martin Luther King, Jr."


[Martin Luther King Jr., Letter to The Nobel Institute, January 25, 1967.]