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The Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal

The Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal

The Honorees

This medal honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King for their many contributions to the Nation on behalf of the civil rights movement.  It is a bronze duplicate of the Congressional Gold Medal awarded posthumously by President Obama – on behalf of Congress – to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King.  King delivered his “I have a dream” address in front of the Lincoln Memorial more than 50 years earlier on August 23, 1963. 

The Congressional Gold Medal and bronze medal recognize:
  • The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King as the first family of the civil rights movement, who had distinguished records of public service to the American people and the international community
  • Dr. King's doctrine of nonviolent civil disobedience to combat segregation, discrimination and racial injustice
  • His August 23, 1963, march on Washington that featured his most famous address, the “I have a dream” speech
  • His assassination on April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Coretta Scott King's entrance into the civil rights movement in 1955 during the Montgomery bus boycott and the important role she played as a leader of the American civil rights movement
  • Her devotion to developing and building the Atlanta-based Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change after her husband's assassination
  • Her role in the campaign to establish Dr. King's birthday as a national holiday

The Medal

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal Obverse
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal Obverse
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal Reverse
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Bronze Medal Reverse

The obverse (heads side) design features portraits of Dr. King and Coretta Scott King. Beneath the portraits is a banner with the inscription FOR THEIR SERVICE TO HUMANITY.  Other inscriptions include DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., and CORETTA SCOTT KING along the top of the medal and ACT OF CONGRESS 2004

The reverse (tails) features an image of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, which remains the official legacy of Dr. King's dream of nonviolent social change and full civil rights for all Americans.  Below the image of the center is a quote reflective of Dr. King's doctrine of nonviolent social change:

I suggest that the philosophy and strategy of nonviolence become immediately a subject for study for serious experimentation in every field of human conflict, by no means excluding the relations between nations. This may well be mankind's last chance to choose between chaos and community.

The lower half of the medal is encircled with a laurel wreath.

  • Design: 
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  • Authorizing Legislation: 
  • Place Struck: 
  • Obverse:  Don Everhart
  • Reverse:  Donna Weaver
  • Public Law 108-368
  • United States Mint at Philadelphia  (no mint mark)

Additional Information

The Department of the Treasury Seal
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